"Valentin Yakovlevich Kurbatov has died ... Blessed memory," he wrote in Telegram.

The writer is known as the author of prefaces to the collected works of Viktor Astafiev, Valentin Rasputin, Yuri Nagibin, Bulat Okudzhava and others.

Kurbatov was a member of the board of the Writers' Union of Russia, was a member of the editorial boards of the magazines "Literary Study", "Day and Night", "Russian Province", "Roman Gazeta".

Earlier it became known about the death at the 87th year of life of the Soviet and Russian film critic, screenwriter Dal Orlov.