"It is with deep sorrow, that the Russian Academy of Arts learnt about the death of the Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Arts Melor Sturua (1928-2021), the legendary international journalist, long-term correspondent for Izvestia newspaper in London and Washington, our colleague and friend.

The national culture has suffered a heavy loss. It is impossible to overestimate Melor Sturua's contribution to the promotion of Russian and world journalism. He has been a publicist, expert, political scientist and specialist in American studies, during his career he covered almost all Soviet-American and Russian-American summits, interviewed several US Presidents, published more than 30 books.

The work of Melor Sturua is a priceless asset. In the galaxy of distinguished international journalists Melor Sturua was a brilliant star, the author who developed the literary journalism. The master of word Sturua has turned every, even a minor thing into a piece of journalist art. He has created his own genre, he wrote quickly and a lot, each text was complete and perfect. Words for him were like paints to an artist.

It is hard to express how great and irreparable this loss is. My very close friend, the creator with whom we have been going through our life for many years has passed away. Melor Sturua was seriously interested in culture and wrote about the Academy's projects. We sympathize with his family and friends, grieve and share their pain. The Russian Academy of Arts will keep the memorable meetings and invaluable cooperation with Melor Sturua in its history. The Presidium of the Russian Academy of Arts expresses our deep condolences. Let the memory of Melor Sturua be eternal" - Zurab Tsereteli, President of the Russian Academy of Arts, People's Artist of Russia.

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