MOSCOW, July 28. /TASS/. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev congratulated the 80th anniversary of people’s artist of Russia, laureate of the State prize of the USSR Viktor Merezhko. The text of the congratulatory letter posted on Friday on the government website.

“You, a man of multifaceted talent, it’s hard to be in one profession. You are successful in each of its manifestations – as a screenwriter and as a Director, actor and broadcaster”, the telegram reads.

The Prime Minister noted that due Merezhko there were many wonderful artistic and animated films, theatrical plays and TV series. The work of the Director “is always sincere picture about people, and most importantly – for the people”.

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Each of them raises important topics, tells about the fate, about life and love, that excites every person . “And because they are very popular with spectators, thinking and experience together with your heroes,” – said Medvedev.

“Today you successfully combine creativity and a lot of community work, done a lot to promote our cinema”, – concluded the Prime Minister.

Victor Merezhko was born in 1937 in Rostov region. In 1961 in Lviv, graduated from the technological faculty of Ukrainian printing Institute (now Ukrainian Academy of printing), specialty “engineer-technologist”, in 1968 graduated from the scriptwriting faculty of the all-Union state Institute of cinematography (VGIK; now – all-Russian state Institute of cinematography named after S. A. Gerasimov), specialty “screenwriter”, where he studied in the Studio of Alexey Speshnev, then Ilya vaysfel’d.

Debuted Viktor Merezhko as a screenwriter after graduating from VGIK in 1968. And the first feature film “Hello goodbye!” staged by the Director Vitaly Melnikov brought a beginner then playwright recognition. Then there were the movies in his scripts “odinozhdy one”, “Trin-grass”, “You expect citizen Nikanorova”.