“A bright, extraordinary and very talented person has passed away.

Boris Plotnikov was a wonderful artist, experienced mentor and teacher, ”reads the condolence telegram posted on the Kremlin website.

As the head of state noted, the artist "held a high creative, professional level, kept constant adherence to the best traditions of Russian art."

Plotnikov died at the age of 71 from the coronavirus infection COVID-19.

Most of all known to the audience for the role of Dr. Bormental in the film "Heart of a Dog".