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MOSCOW, May 3. /TASS/. Maya Plisetskaya’s outstanding work is one of the brightest pages in Russian ballet history and the death of the great ballerina is an irreparable loss for Russian culture, the speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament said on Sunday.
Valentina Matviyenko, head of the Russian Federation Council, sent a telegram of condolence to the management of the Bolshoi Theatre in which she said: "She was applauded by millions of spectators around the world. Those unique characters Maya Mikhaylovna Plisetskaya created, her brilliant performances and choreography have become a real choreographic masterpiece."
"Admirers of Maya Mikhaylovna’s versatile talent will always remember her roles, which can be regarded as an example of the utmost professionalism and consummate artistry," the telegram said.
Matviyenko also extended her condolences to the ballerina's husband, Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin, and all her family members and friends.
Plisetskaya died in Germany on Saturday at the age of 89.
The director of the Bolshoi, Vladimir Urin, said she died of a heart attack. "The doctors tried everything, but there was nothing they could do," Urin said.