“I was sad to learn about the death of an outstanding animation film artist and director, People's Artist of the Russian Federation Leonid Aronovich Shvartsman,” RIA Novosti quotes her words.

Lyubimova added that the legacy of the master is rightfully “the national treasure of our country”

The minister stressed that Shvartsman's heroes "sincerely fell in love with millions of viewers of different generations, becoming for them a warm childhood memory."

Earlier it became known that Shvartsman died at the age of 101.

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