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Russia’s Laughing Policeman has died

The baritone Eduard Khil, who entertained the nation with the Soviet equivalent of the Laughing Policeman, died today aged 78.

Born in Smolensk in 1934, Khil won a competition in East Berlin and took his particular brand of baritone comedy to 80 different countries. Late in life, he became a Youtube star, with 12 million hits, and was known the world over as Mr Trololo.

photo: (RIA Novosti / Ekaterina Chesnokova)/Lebrecht Music & Arts

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