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Playwright, businessmen among dead in Moscow blast

A Ukrainian playwright, a man planning to get married, “one of the nicest, kindest, funniest people I have ever met” — they're among the dead in the Moscow attack.
Image: Russia's President Medvedev shakes hands with a victim of a bomb explosion at Domodedovo airport at the N.V. Sklifosovsky Scientific Research Institute of First Aid in Moscow
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday greets a victim the bomb explosion at Domodedovo airport at the N.V. Sklifosovsky Scientific Research Institute of First Aid in Moscow.Vladimir Rodionov / RIA Novosti via Reuters
/ Source: staff and news service reports

Ukrainian playwright Anna Yablonskaya had flown into Moscow to accept an arts award. Gordon Cousland of Britain was planning to get married in the spring. Kirill Bodrashov, a Russian who worked out of London, was described by a colleague “one of the nicest, kindest, funniest people I have ever met.”

They were among at least 35 people, including six foreigners, who were killed in a suicide bomb attack Monday in the arrivals hall at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport.

Amid an investigation into the attack, Russia plans a day of mourning Wednesday for the dead.

Not all of the victims have been identified yet.

Here is a look at some of the victims who have been identified:

Anna Yablonskaya, 29, of Odessa, Ukraine, went to Moscow to collect a prize from Iskusstvo Kino film magazine for the screenplay of "The Pagans," a play about a mother coming back to her estranged son and daughter-in-law and bringing Jesus to them and their self-destructive college-dropout daughter. Yablonskaya leaves behind a husband and 3-year-old daughter. Her real name was Anna Mashutina, the BBC reported. She wrote in Russian and was recognized as one of the new voices of Russian drama, the Guardian newspaper of London reported. Yablonskaya last summer took part in the international residency at the Royal Court Theatre, which plans to go ahead April 7 with a staged reading of "Pagans."

Gordon Cousland, 39, was a property consultant with CACI, a British marketing and technology consultant developing retail properties in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Cousland was looking forward to getting married in the spring to fiancee Loretta Cossu, 38, in April and raising his 6-month-old daughter, his brother, Robin, told the Telegraph of London. 

Kirill Bodrashov, 38, worked as team with Elvira Muratova, 40, and the couple were on a business trip for executive search firm New Millennium Group when the terrorists hit. Muratova was wounded and is in intensive care. They have a 1-year-old son, Alexander, who is with a nanny in London, according to The Press Association. Nikki Wetherill, chief operating officer of the company and a personal friend of the couple, said of Bodrashov: "We have had so many messages of condolence. He was one of the nicest, kindest, funniest people I have ever met. We are going to miss him terribly." Bodrashov was born in Russia and grew up in Hungary before moving to the United Kingdom several years ago. He previously worked in banking. The couple shared a home in Queen's Gate, Kensington, and had been on the British Airways flight from London to Moscow that landed shortly before the bombing.

Among the wounded was Slovak actress Zuzana Fialova, 36, but her injuries are not life-threatening, according to Slovakia Today. She traveled to Moscow with two friends, actor Lubos Kostelny and his sister, Alexandra Doneva. Fialova is known for her Slovakian TV series and played Marcela in the 2006 film "I Served the King of England."