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Nikolay Rastorguyev with Vladimir Putin, February 22, 2007
|Born||Nikolay Vyacheslavovich Rastorguyev
February 21, 1957
Bykovo, Moscow Oblast, Soviet Union
|Occupation||Singer, Deputy of the Russian State Duma|
|Title||People's Artist of Russia (2002)|
In 1978, Nikolay was the soloist for the band (VIA in Russian) "Шестеро молодых," but his first note came during his 1980-1985 stint in the band "Лейся, песня (in English, Lyeysya, Pyesnya)." There he befriended Valery Kipelov, who later to from Aria. After Leysya Pesnya split, Rastorguyev spent a year in the band Rondo before joining newly formed Lyube. Since then, Nikolay remains the band's only permanent member.
He has also starred in a couple of movies and released a solo English language album.
In 1997, Rastorguyev was given the honorary title People's Artist of Russia. On the occasion of his 50th birthday, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded Nikolay with the state order "For Merit to the Fatherland," Fourth class, and became a member of the Russian Duma in 2010.
In March 2014 Rastorguyev signed a letter in support of the position of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on the situation in Ukraine and Crimea. For "statements contradicted the interests of our national security" he was then banned from entering Ukraine. Crimea is since March 2014 under dispute by Russia and Ukraine.
- "Culture activists of Russia in support of the position of the President on Russia's military intervention in Ukraine and Crimea" (in Russian). Russian Ministry of Culture. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
- SBU issues entry ban against 140 Russian artists, UNIAN (5 November 2016)
Ukraine’s State Security Service bans 140 Russian cultural figures from entering country, TASS news agency (5 November 2016)
- Gutterman, Steve. "Putin signs Crimea treaty, will not seize other Ukraine regions". Reuters. Retrieved 2014-03-26.