Sanctioned Russian singer Kobzon, dubbed Russia’s Sinatra, dies aged 80
Kobzon began his musical career in the ensemble of the Soviet army and frequently performed to troops, including in Afghanistan in the 1980s and at a Russian military base in Syria in 2016.
A concert he gave in his birthplace of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine during the pro-Russian uprising in the region landed him on an EU blacklist in 2015.
Kobzon opened the concert with the words: “We are strong and people fear us. Let them be afraid.”