MOSCOW (AP) — The Soviet interpreter who for three decades brought the words of Kremlin leaders to the English-speaking world has died in Moscow at the age of 81.
Ekho Moskvy radio reported the death Friday of Viktor Sukhodrev, citing his son. No cause of death was announced.
The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed its condolences over the death of the interpreter, described as a "direct participant in the most important events in Soviet-U.S. relations."
Sukhodrev was a fixture at U.S.-Soviet summits beginning with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's 1959 visit to the United States.
He was the sole interpreter at a meeting between President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in Moscow in 1972.
In 1987, he interpreted at the Washington summit between President Ronald Reagan and the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev.