Film historian RASHIT YANGIROV has died of cancer, aged 54.
Yangirov, who served as a prominent historian of Soviet cinema, died on Sunday (14Dec08) in Moscow, Russia, his former colleagues at the
Associated Press Television News (APTN) have confirmed.
Details of his illness have not yet been released.
Yangirov is credited with reviving several pre-World War II filmmakers with his work, which included his post for the past 14 years as a journalist for APTN.
He wrote more than 200 articles on Russian cinema and published his book Slaves of the Silent in 2008 about the country's movie pioneers.
He is survived by his wife, Zoya, and one daughter, Lucy.