Zasursky was the President of the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University from 1953 to 2017. He was the godfather to many people from different generations during his last period in the faculty.
He taught a wide group of Arab students, including Egyptians, such as Youssef El-Gendy, Suleiman Shafiq, and Azza Al-Khamisi. Many paid a heartfelt tribute to the iconic author.
“Yasen Nikolaevich is, of course, a unique person- legend. But he was, among other things, our teacher. With a capital letter too. And thanks to him, Russian journalism lives today. So varied, so professional, ” the Dean of the Faculty commented.
“He always found good kind words for everyone. Be it parting words, be it some kind words or praise for your work, your article,” Professor at the University said. “He was always very delicate, very polite and very gentle with everyone. Especially with the team.”
On his part, Sherif Gad, President of the Egyptian Association of Graduates of Russian and Soviet Universities, expressed his deep grief over losing such a legend like Zasursky.
Gad also affirmed that even after finishing study, he was keen to visit the faculty and meet with Zasorsky personally.
“He has always repeated the kind words about Egypt and the Egyptians,” Gad noted. “He visited the country more than once and was fond of its ancient civilization.”
Contributed by Omnia Ahmed