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Russian writer Vasily Belov dies at 80

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MOSCOW (AP) — Vasily Belov, a writer who paid homage to old rural Russia in his books, has died. He was 80. Belov's death late Tuesday was announced by the government of Vologda, the region where he lived in northwestern Russia. The government statement issued Wednesday did not name the cause. Belov, born into a peasant family, had to start working while he was at school to help his family...

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