Boris Grachevsky, artistic director of the Yeralash children’s comic newsreel, died on Thursday, January 14, at the age of 71.
At the end of December, Grachevsky was hospitalized in the city hospital No. 52 in Moscow with a coronavirus infection. Doctors assessed his condition as serious, it later stabilized, but on Thursday the director’s friend, actor Vladimir Dolinsky, said that he was again in a drug-induced sleep, and his condition was consistently serious.
Earlier it was reported that Grachevsky contracted the coronavirus and was initially treated at home. Subsequently, he was hospitalized so that doctors could monitor the course of the disease.
Many figures of Russian culture and show business express their condolences to the family and friends of the director.
People’s Artist of the RSFSR Vladimir Vinokur said in an interview with REN TV that the death of Grachevsky was a great blow and loss for him. He added that the artistic director of “Yeralash” was an energetic person “who brought joy to children.”
Honored Artist of the RSFSR Stanislav Sadalsky said that shortly before Grachevsky’s death he talked to him. According to the actor, his interlocutor “laughed at the disease.” He added that the director “even in his last days in the hospital was funny and joking.”
In turn, the humorist Nikolai Lukinsky called Grachevsky a “legendary man” and admitted that he was dumbfounded by the news of his death.
TV presenter, a permanent member of the KVN jury, Yuli Gusman, in an interview with the Zvezda TV channel on Friday, January 15, expressed condolences to the family and friends of Grachevsky and called him an artist for all time.
Boris Grachevsky – director, screenwriter, artistic director of the Yeralash newsreel. He is the author of such films as “The Roof” and “Between Notes, or Tantric Symphony”. In addition, he has produced a number of documentaries.