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Viktor Balashov
Born Viktor Ivanovich Balashov
(1924-12-24)24 December 1924
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union[1]
Died 23 June 2021(2021-06-23) (aged 96)
Moscow, Russia
  • TV presenter
  • journalist
  • actor
  • radio host
Years active 1944–2021

Viktor Ivanovich Balashov (Russian: Виктор Иванович Балашов; 24 December 1924 – 23 June 2021) was a Soviet and Russian radio and television presenter. He was best known as the host for the USSR Union Radio, from 1944. From 1947 to 1991 he worked for the Soviet Central Television and its Russian successor.[2] In 1997 he was awarded the People's Artist of Russia. Balashov was a veteran of the Second World War and was a member of the Red Army.[1]

Balashov was also the Master of Sports of the USSR in Sambo and coached Anatoly Kharlampiyev.[3] He also performed as a voice actor in documentaries and feature films.[4]

He died on 23 June 2021 at the age of 96.[5]


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