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Mari director and cultural figure Vasili Pekteyev celebrated his 70th birthday

On 23 January, the Mari director of the Mari National Theatre turned 70 years. A festival of his plays will begin in February in honour of the significant date.

Vasili Pekteyev has spent most of his life dedicated to the Mari culture. For decades, he was forced into internal exile by the former head of the Republic of Mari El, Leonid Markelov. Now that Markelov has been imprisoned himself, Pekteyev has been able to return home. He now continues his work as the artistic director of the Mari National Theatre.