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Mumiy Troll
rock band performing on a stage
Mumiy Troll performing at Park Live Festival in 2013
Background information
OriginVladivostok/Moscow, Russia
GenresRock, alternative rock, indie rock, britpop
Years active1983–present
WebsiteOfficial site
MembersIlya Lagutenko
Oleg Pungin
Alexander Kholenko
Artyom Kritsin
Pavel Vovk
Past membersYuri Tsaler
Eugene "Sdwig" Zvidionny
Olesya Lyashenko
Denis Transkiy

Mumiy Troll (Russian: Му́мий Тро́лль [ˈmumʲɪj ˈtrolʲ]) is a Russian rock group, founded in 1983 in Vladivostok by vocalist and songwriter Ilya Lagutenko (Russian: Илья Лагутенко). The band's name translates as "mummy troll" and is a pun on Mumintroll, the children's books series by Tove Jansson.[1][2]


Ilya Lagutenko founded Mumiy Troll in Vladivostok on 16 October 1983.[3] In 1985, the group recorded their first album, Novaya luna aprelya, which was distributed as magnitizdat.[4]

Mumiy Troll disbanded when Lagutenko was conscripted into the Russian navy.[5] In 1990, they briefly reunited and released their second album, Delay Yu-Yu, on tape.[4] Having studied Chinese and English at the Oriental Studies Institute of the Far Eastern Federal University, Lagutenko worked in China and London from 1991 to 1995.[3][6] In 1995, he returned to Russia and reformed the band.[6]

In May 1997, Mumiy Troll released their first studio album, Morskaya (Russian: «Морская», lit.'Marine'), which brought them wide popularity.[4][3] Six months later, they released their second studio album, Ikra (Russian: «Икра», lit.'Caviar'). In 1998, MTV began broadcasting in Russia and Mumiy Troll's music video for the song "Vladivostok 2000" was the first music video by a Russian artist shown on the channel.[7]

In 2001, the group represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest and came in 12th place.[4][3] Time Out (London) wrote that they 'stole the show' by standing out as snakeskin heroes amongst all the taffeta and tuxedos.[verification needed]

The group wrote and produced soundtracks for a full-length cartoon movie and gave a new sound to classic Russian silent sci-fi movie and donated tracks to feature films including Russian blockbuster Night Watch, where Lagutenko also plays the Vampire. His face is on the cover of the American release.[citation needed]

Their 2005 album Sliyaniye i pogloshcheniye (Russian: Слияние и Поглощение, lit.'Merger and Acquisition') was called back from the printers on the day of release when distributors realized that the bride and groom on the cover were wearing masks of Putin and Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The band changed them into symbols of hearts and United States dollars respectively.[citation needed] In 2008, the band signed with the Agency Group.[5] In 2009, they released the album Comrade Ambassador, their first album to be made commercially available in North America, and toured North America to promote it.[6] In 2012, Mumiy Troll released their first English-language album, Vladivostok.[5]

In 2013, they released the album SOS matrosu (Russian: SOS матросу, lit.'SOS to the Sailor'), written during the band's round-the-world trip on a 19-century sailing ship in locations.[4][8]

In 2015, they released album Piratskie kopii (Russian: Пиратские копии, lit.'Pirate Copies') and in 2016, the English-language album Malibu Alibi.

In 2011, the first Mumiy Troll Music Bar was opened in Vladivostok.[9] In 2015, Lagutenko opened a second Mumiy Troll Music Bar in Moscow.[3]

The group has participated in various international festivals and music conferences, including SXSW, Culture Collide, Zandari Festa, Mu:Con, Sound City, and Visual Japan Summit.[citation needed] In 2013, they founded their own showcase festival "Vladivostok Rocks" (V-ROX).[10] The festival was dubbed "a small Pacific Woodstock" by Russia Beyond The Headlines.[11] V-ROX was held annually from 2013 to 2019. The 2020 edition of the festival was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[12]

Mumiy Troll was the first to support the activities of PSI organization fighting AIDS in Russia and performed at the No Name Fever exhibition for AIDS in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2005. They are also well known for conservation activities on wild life in Far-East taiga and helping local minorities to survive. Ilya Lagutenko is a patron of the British-Russian Amur fund for the protection of Amur tigers and leopards.[citation needed]

Musical style[edit]

Lagutenko lived in London in the 1990s and was influenced by the Britpop scene at the time.[13][1] Lagutenko has described the band's style as "rockapops."[5]

Band members[edit]


  • 1985 – Novaya luna aprelya (Russian: «Новая луна апреля», lit.'New April Moon')
  • 1990 – Delay Yu-Yu (Russian: Делай Ю-Ю, lit.'Do Yu-Yu')
  • 1997 – Morskaya (Russian: Морская, lit.'Nautic')
  • 1997 – Ikra (Russian: Икра, lit.'Caviar')
  • 1998 – Shamora – pravda o Mumiyakh i Trollyakh (Russian: Шамора. Правда о Мумиях и Троллях, lit.'Shamora: The Truth About Mummies and Trolls')
  • 1998 – S novym godom, Kroshka! (Russian: С Новым Годом, Крошка!, lit.'Happy New Year, Baby!')
  • 2000 – Tochno rtut' aloe (Russian: Точно Ртуть Алоэ, lit.'Just Like Mercury Aloe Is')
  • 2002 – Meeamury (Russian: Меамуры, lit.'Meamurs')
  • 2004 – Pohititeli knig (Russian: Похитители Книг, lit.'The Book Thieves')
  • 2005 – Sliyaniye i pogloshcheniye (Russian: Слияние и Поглощение, lit.'Merger and Acquisition')
  • 2007 – Amba (Russian: Амба)
  • 2008 – 8
  • 2009 – Comrade Ambassador – US release (in Russian)
  • 2010 – Paradise Ahead – US EP Release
  • 2012 – Vladivostok
  • 2013 – SOS matrosu (Russian: SOS матросу, lit.'SOS to the Sailor')
  • 2015 – Piratskie kopii (Russian: Пиратские копии, lit.'Pirate Copies')[14]
  • 2016 – Malibu Alibi
  • 2016 – #31E
  • 2018 – Vostok X Severozapad (Russian: Восток Х Северозапад, lit.'East X Northwest')


  • 1997 The Best Still Image 1996 for Utekai (Slip Away) The Best Still Image 1997 for Delfiny (Dolphins) – the award from the Pokolenie Video Festival.
  • 1997 The Best Rock Group 1997 – Ovation prize from the Russian Music Academy.
  • 1997 The Best Group 1997, The Best Album 1997 for Morskaya (Nautical), The Best Song 1997 for Utekai (Slip Away), The Best Group 1998, The Best Video 1998 for Delfiny (Dolphins), The Best Video 1999 for Nevesta? (Bride?), The Best Musical Site 1999 – Russian music magazine Fuzz prize
  • November 2002 Golden Disk according to the Meamories album sales in Latvia.[1]
  • 2002 Zolotoy Grammofon (Golden Gramophone) premium (for the most popular song at Russkoe Radio in 2002) was awarded for the song Eto po lyubvi (Based on Love).[1]
  • 2002 The Best Group 2002, The Best Song 2002 for Eto po lyubvi (Because of love) – the Poboroll prize from Nashe Radio.[1]
  • May 2004 Golden Disk according to the Pohititeli Knig album sales in Latvia.
  • 2005 The Best Album 2005 for Sliyanie i Pogloshenie (Merger and Acquisition) – Russian music magazine Fuzz prize.
  • 2006 Animation category – video clip Strakhu Net – Russian Flash Awards prize.
  • 2006 For the contribution to rock-art – Russian music magazine Fuzz prize.
  • 2006 Legend of MTV – MTV Russia Music Awards.
  • 2008 The Best Album 2008 – Mumiy Troll, «8» – Chartova Duzhina
  • 2008 The Best Music 2008 – Mumiy Troll, Contrabands – Chartova Duzhina
  • 2008 Internet 2008 – Mumiy Troll, – Steppe Wolf
  • 2008 CD 2008 – Mumiy Troll, «8» – Steppe Wolf
  • 2009 The Best Group 2009 – Mumiy Troll – Chartova Duzhina


  1. ^ a b c d e Davidson, Neil. "Biography: Mumiy Troll". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  2. ^ Castillo, Arielle (19 August 2010). "Mumiy Troll, Russian independent rock band, plays two-night stand in Miami Beach". Miami New Times. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Мумий Тролль". Forbes (in Russian). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Рок-группа "Мумий Тролль"" (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d Walzer, Robert P. (26 April 2012). "A Russian Band Looks for a Home Abroad". Wall Street Journal.
  6. ^ a b c Holdsworth, Nick (7 November 2009). "Russian rock band takes on America". Variety. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  7. ^ "MTV в России". MTV (in Russian). Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Барк "Седов" завершает кругосветку с группой "Мумий Тролль" на борту" (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 20 July 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  9. ^ "About". Mumiy Troll Music Bar. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  10. ^ Ryzik, Melena (28 August 2013). "East by Far East: Vladivostok Rocks (Published 2013)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  11. ^ Shenkman, Yan (1 September 2013). "V-ROX: A small Pacific Woodstock". Russia Beyond The Headlines. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  12. ^ "V-ROX 2020 = V-ROX 2021". V-ROX. 5 May 2020. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  13. ^ ""Questions and Answers: Ilya Lagutenko" — Evil Monito Magazine". Мумий Тролль. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  14. ^ Starostin, Alexey (16 April 2015). ""Мумий Тролль" — "Пиратские копии"" (in Russian). Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 February 2016.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
with "Solo"
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Prime Minister (Band)
with "Northern Girl"