Andrei Voznesensky, 77, one of the most daring and popular poets of the Soviet era, died Tuesday at his Moscow home. The cause of death was not given, though media reports said the poet suffered a stroke earlier.

Russian President Dmitry A. Medvedev sent a letter of condolences, and other top officials and cultural figures praised Mr. Voznesensky's contribution to the Russian culture. He was one of the "children of the '60s," a generation of thinkers who tasted intellectual freedom during the post-Stalin thaw. His unusual rhymes and bold metaphors contrasted sharply with other Soviet poetry.

- AP