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LA STAMPA, CORRIERE DELLA SERA, IL SOLE 24 ORE (Italy)

TURIN - Sergio Pininfarina, among history's most accomplished car designers and a symbol of "Made in Italy" style, has died at the age of 85. Italian media reported Tuesday morning that Pininfarina died at his home the night before after a long illness.

Noted for his designs of Italian sedans and sports cars, including models for Maserati, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo (see Giulietta Spider below), Pininfarina was also much sought after by carmakers around the world like Peugeot, Rolls Royce and Cadillac.

His death was top news on virtually all Italian news websites:

Milan daily Corriere della Sera: "Farewell Pininfarina: Genius of the Automobile"

Business daily Il Sole 24 Ore: "Death of Pininfarina, Father of Italian Auto Style"

Taking over the family business of car design and production, he built an empire that also included train and bus design, and eventually pushed him to the leadership of Italy's industrial association and the appointment as a Senator for Life.

But he will be best remembered for his designer's eye that married cutting-edge with a classic touch.

"What is essential is to conserve the patrimony of the past but know how to point toward the future, anticipating the times," he told La Stampa, the daily based in Turin, Pininfarina's hometown and the hub of Italy's automobile sector.


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Russian troops have so far been unable to mount a decisive offensive in the east, as Ukraine records small but meaningful successes near the southern city of Kherson. This is not how Vladimir Putin had it planned.

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Late last month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced the overthrow of the government in Kyiv as a new war goal. A few days later, the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, published a new map of Ukraine, which is shown as largely dissolved into the Russian Federation.

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It is well known that Moscow understands propaganda and has increased its rhetoric since the beginning of the war. But Lavrov's regime change and Medvedev's geography class show how far the Kremlin leadership has deviated from reality.

Because the battlefield in Ukraine does not show an omnipotent Russia that can do whatever it sees fit.

On the contrary, after more than five months of war, the image of the powerful Russian Federation is becoming increasingly cracked.

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