The outspoken author passed away on Saturday (14Mar15) in Moscow, Russia.

Rasputin was a leading voice in the literary movement of the 1960s and '70s in the Soviet Union, known as village prose, which detailed the hardships of peasants across the nation.

His publications include 1967's Money for Maria, The Last Term in 1970, The Fire in 1985 and his short story What Should I Tell the Crow?, which was released in 1989.

He was laid to rest during 10-hour memorial service at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow on Tuesday (17Mar15). Mourners included President Vladimir Putin.