In this undated handout photo provided by PhotoSoyuz, Russian writer Vasily Belov smiles. Belov died on Tuesday Dec. 4, 2012 at the age of 80. Belov, who published dozens of books that sold millions of copies, poeticized the customs and habits of the old, rural Russia. He strongly opposed urbanization and defended Russia's routes and traditions. (AP Photo/PhotoSoyuz, Vladimir Bogdanov)

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In this undated handout photo provided by PhotoSoyuz, Russian writer Vasily Belov smiles. Belov died on Tuesday Dec. 4, 2012 at the age of 80. Belov, who published dozens of books that sold millions of copies, poeticized the customs and habits of the old, rural Russia. He strongly opposed urbanization and defended Russia's routes and traditions.  (AP Photo/PhotoSoyuz, Vladimir Bogdanov)
In this undated handout photo provided by PhotoSoyuz, Russian writer Vasily Belov smiles. Belov died on Tuesday Dec. 4, 2012 at the age of 80. Belov, who published dozens of books that sold millions of copies, poeticized the customs and habits of the old, rural Russia. He strongly opposed urbanization and defended Russia's routes and traditions. (AP Photo/PhotoSoyuz, Vladimir Bogdanov)
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