Artemy Troitsky

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Artemy Troitsky

Art, Artem, Artemiy or Artemy Troitsky (Russian: Арте́мий Тро́ицкий, born 16 June 1955 in Yaroslavl) is a Russian journalist, music critic, concert promoter, radio host, and academic who has lectured on music journalism at Moscow State University. He was born in Yaroslavl, then in the Soviet Union. In 1988 he was described in The New York Times as "the leading Soviet rock critic"[1] as one of the foremost propagandists of rock music in the USSR.

In 1986 Troitsky was one of the organizers of the "Account No. 904" rock concert, modeled on Live Aid, to raise funds for the victims of the Chernobyl disaster, the first such concert in the Soviet Union.[2]

Currently Troitsky is living in Tallinn, Estonia and works as a lecturer in Tallinn and Helsinki.


Artemy Troitsky was born on June 16, 1955 in Yaroslavl, into the family of political scientist and Latin American historian Kiva Lvovich Maidanik (Майданик, Кива Львович). His mother was Rufina Nikolaevna Troitskaya. He spent his childhood in Prague , where his parents worked as employees of the journal Problems of Peace and Socialism («Проблемы мира и социализма»).

From 1972 to 1974 he led discos in the main building of Moscow State University, in the cafe B-4. In 1977 he graduated from the Moscow Institute of Economics and Statistics with a degree in mathematics and economics. From 1978 to 1983 he worked as a junior research fellow at the Institute of Art History. He was fired before he had time to defend his Ph.D. From 1982 to 1983 he was the guitarist of the Sounds of Mu band . One of the founders of the label “General records”.

Since 2001, he has been lecturing on the subjects “The History of the Entertainment Industry” and “The Music Press” at the faculty “Production and Management in Music Show Business” of the State University of Management.

From 2001 to 2014,[3] he conducted a master class in music journalism at the journalism department of Moscow State University. In an interview, Troitsky noted that he was “survived” from Moscow State University after 13 years of teaching  , and they tried to censor and “control” his lectures at the university in recent years  .

In 2003-2004 He was the chairman of the jury of the International Festival of Ethnic Music “Sayan Ring” in Shushensky (since 2012 the festival has been called the “World of Siberia”)  .

In 2011, the journalist was subjected to a surge of prosecutions for his public statements  . There were seven lawsuits in total  : five civil and two criminal, the plaintiffs in criminal proceedings were former policeman N. Khovansky and musician V. Samoilov . In support of the journalist, a concert of solidarity was organized, which was held at the Moscow club “Hleb” in June 2011. Yuri Shevchuk , Oleg Nesterov , Nick Rock and Roll , Vasya Oblomov , Vladimir Ratskevich , Vasily Shumov and the Center group, Pakhom performed on the club stageand Vivisektor, ElgreE, RE-the pac , " echoes Mu " group " Barto ", "Stacks", " Last Chance ", "Sky Office", " Daughter of Monroe and Kennedy " and others  . In September, the album "For Trinity" was also released with 23 tracks from 23 musicians and bands  . In December 2011, the criminal article for insult was decriminalized , and the relevant lawsuits were discontinued  .

Since mid-September 2014 he lives in Estonia, in Tallinn, where he is engaged in teaching activities. He also teaches in Finland and London, provides lectures in many other places, such as in the United States for various institutions of higher education.

In 2018, in the framework of the Moscow Beat Film Festival , the premiere of the two-hour documentary film “The Critic” (directed by Andrei Ayrapetov), dedicated to the figure of Artemy Troitsky, took place. The film focuses on the young years of the journalist, as well as on his activity in the rock community in the 1980s.


Back in the USSR: The True Story of Rock in Russia. London and Boston: Faber & Faber, 1988.

Reviewed by Richard Stites in Slavic Review 48:2 (1989): 308; by Alex Raksin in the Los Angeles Times, Nov. 27, 1988.

Tusovka: Who's Who in the New Soviet Rock Culture. London: Omnibus, 1990.

Translated into Italian by Vincenzo Perna as Tusovka. Rock e stili nella nuova cultura sovietica. Turin: 1990.

Subkultura: Stories of Youth and Resistance in Russia, 1815-2017. New Social: 2017.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Bill Keller, About the Arts: Moscow. Rock, Born in the U.S.S.R., in The New York Times, Oct. 9, 1988.
  2. ^ "Soviet Stars Give Concert for Chernobyl", Rock Hill Herald 29 May 1986, p. 4b.
  3. ^ Артемий Троицкий: «Путин вышел из ельцинской загогулины, но пошел значительно дальше». Плейбой революции. Московский комсомолец (17 сентября 2015).

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