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US Senator John McCain died at the age of 81

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Republican Senator John McCain died in the United States at the age of 81, reports The Hill with reference to the legislator’s press service.

For more than a year, McCain has been fighting an aggressive form of brain cancer ; the day before it became known that he had refused treatment.

Despite the serious illness, the senator continued to participate in the political life of the country until the last. In July 2017, a month after the operation on the brain, McCain returned to the Capitol to take part in the discussion of the abolition of health care reform . Colleagues from both parties welcomed him with applause.

McCain was known for his tough attitude toward Russia, advocated the supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine, criticized the US leadership’s policy on numerous positions. Especially strongly it got to Trump; In the spring it was reported that McCain, feeling the approach of the end, ordered not to call the incumbent president of the US to his funeral; while his two predecessors – Barack Obama and George W. Bush – will be invited.

McCain was born in 1936 in a military family and followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, becoming a pilot of a stormtrooper. Participated in the war in Vietnam; During the bombing of Hanoi, his plane was shot down, and McCain himself was taken prisoner, in which he spent five and a half years. All this time he was subjected to severe beatings and tortures; he turned gray at the age of thirty and lost the ability to raise his hands above his head, however, despite everything, he refused to be released early, demanding that those who had been captured before him returned first to their homeland.

In 1986, after retirement from military service, McCain was elected senator from Arizona and was re-elected five times. Twice – in 2000 and 2008 – took part in presidential campaigns. He headed the Senate Committee on Armed Services, worked also in committees on trade and Indian affairs; repeatedly visited Vietnam, searching for American servicemen who disappeared during the war; thanks to his efforts in 2005, the so-called “McCain amendment” was adopted, condemning the use of torture to prisoners of war, in particular, in the American prison in Guantánamo.