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Mumiy Troll Rocks in the UK

The legendary band Mumiy Troll won the hearts of their Russian audiences many years ago. And it’s not surprising as these guys have a unique musical style, which they call “rockapops”, unforgettable performances and songs with inner meaning. Now the band is expanding its horizons by bringing their music to Europe. This September Mumiy Troll will perform in the UK (London and Manchester) and also release their album “Vladivostok” in English.RussianMind talked to the band leader Ilya Lagutenko about Russian music abroad and any expectations about the UK audience:

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Boris Akunin: “Russia Should Become a Democratic Country”

Boris Akunin is the pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili, who is one of the best selling Russian detective fiction writers, an essayist, literary translator and expert on Japanese literature.

His books have nothing to do with politics, however in 2008, Akunin made headlines for his interview with Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former Yukos oil giant CEO imprisoned for tax evasion. The interview excerpts were then republished in dozens of newspapers and magazines and rekindled the ongoing debate about the Khodorkovsky’s case.

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The Gridnevs: The Dynasty of Russian Painters

Apart from being a family, Valeriy Gridnev, his wife Ekaterina and their son Fyodor have another thing in common – they are all painters. They came to the UK from Russian way back in 1999 and since then each of the Gridnev tribe have found their own way into the business. Katya, the wife and mother, focuses on the young women dancers of a leading Russian ballet school. Valeriy, husband and father, is the classic portraitist. The son, Fyodor, raised mostly in England, comes from left-field.

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“The Little Czar” – Dick Advocaat

Russia has already played two Euro 2012 group A games which ended up with the comprehensive 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic and a 1-all draw with co-hosted Poland which was followed by the scandalous football fans clash. Before its third play with Greece this Saturday, 16th June, let’s pay attention to the person who stays behind the curtains – the Russia coach Dick Advocaat.

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Viacheslav Malafeev: Always Shoot for the Stars

The goalkeeper of Russian Premier League Zenit Saint Petersburg FC and number one goalkeeper for the Russian national team, Viacheslav Malafeev is, undoubtedly, one of the most prominent figures in Russian football. He shines both on and off the pitch, with a kaleidoscope of public events he does for fans and charities. In between training for the Euro 2012 championship, Viacheslav talked to RM about his romance with football, the national team’s prospects for Euro 2012 and his plans for the future:

RM: A lot of boys dream of becoming footballers. Did you?

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Ex - t.A.T.u. Singer Yulia Volkova: Back to Her Future

“Back to Her future” sounds like a very promising name for the new track from Yulia Volkova of the once world famous Russian pop-band t.A.T.u. She has returned to the Eurovision contest, which has given her a good start for her international solo career. After being off stage for a long time, Yulia is now back in the charts and hopes once again to be at the top. 

RM: How does it feel to have a solo-project after being part of a duo for such a long time? Do you miss your time with t.A.T.u.?

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Oleg Mirochnikov: London is an Ideal Stage

Oleg Mirochnikov is a London based Russian theatre director and acting coach. He has been teaching at the famous Central St Martins College of Art and Design and working in the London film industry for 17 years. As a teaching coach he covers techniques ranging from Stanislavski and Vakhtangov to devised and physical theatre. These days he is participating in the project that aims to introduce unknown treasures of Russian drama to British audiences.

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Yuri Shevchuk: “The Artist is Always an Individualist”

Yuri Shevchuk is a person, talking about whom you do not want to hang any labels. The soul of the country’s rock or the conscience of Russian music - it is all about and not about him at the same time. It happens because Shevchuk and his music are real. This means that for each of us he is different. After a conversation with the “DDT” soloist, RussianMind has only added evidence that this is right:

RM: Most of today's artists do not realise the meaning of the words in their songs. And your music is calling for moral improvement, advocating their civil stand. There is a feeling that you are "a man that can win a war?"

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Zemfira: Thinking Aloud

Since 1999, Bashkir singer Zemfira Ramazanova influenced the course of Russian rock music by breaking boundaries and oppressed rules. She started her career by recording on the computer her first songs: “Pochemu?”, “Sneg”, “Sinoptik” and since then became immensely popular in Russia and other former Soviet republics. Sometimes moody, self-assured, enigmatic and flamboyant, Zemfira has found herself an object of constant obsession by the Russian media and paparazzi.

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Maxim Pokrovsky: Life on the Move

During the heyday of Russian rock, the band “Nogu Svelo” (Eng: “Cramp in the Leg”) stood out among its peers. These guys were singing songs, more commonly associated with humour and parody. Nevertheless, the use of invented language in their early albums or with English-like phrases, such as “She drew me away and locked the door, My girl doesn't love me anymore, I didn't say anything but in my head, I had a plan to make them dead”, still remain a hallmark of their unique style.