The most popular clown of the Soviet Union Oleg Popov has died today.

Using the film comedian Charlie Chaplin’s tramp character as a model, Popov portrayed a gentle little man baffled by the big, precarious world; his act also incorporated his skills as an acrobat, juggler, and animal trainer.

At the age of 85, Oleg Popov has been called the oldest performing clown in the world. His circus career has started almost 70 years ago.

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