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Tragedy: Top Russian accompanist dies of flu, aged 46

The pianist Maria Barankina, head of the Guild of Russian Accompanists, has died after a two-day bout of influenza. The terrible news was announced by her father on his Facebook page.

Maria, known as Masha, was a well-known member of a family of musicians. Her father, Evgeny Barankin, is chair of the advisory board of the Moscow Philharmonic.

Our thoughts are with her loved ones.



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  1. What a tragedy. What kind of health care do they have in Russia? Don’t they have flu shots available, or was this a strain that was not in the latest vaccine?

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