Vasily Strelnikov

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Vasily Borisovic Strelnikov (Russian: 'Василий Боpисович Стрельников', also known as друг агрессивно-прогрессивной молодёжи) is a well-known Russian-American New York City-born VJ and DJ most commonly known to the Boomerang Generation as the voice behind MTV Russia from 1998 to 2002. Strelnikov's popularity was at its peak when he hosted the morning show Weekend's Whim (Викендный Каприз). He is currently associated with Radio Mayak.

Strelnikov was born in New York City on May 14, 1962 to Russian parents. His father, Boris Strelnikov, was a prominent Soviet-era journalist, who worked for many years as Pravda's correspondent in the United States.[1] His mother was a Soviet embassy officer. Strenlikov holds dual American and Russian citizenship.

Strelnikov began his career as a radio presenter in the 1980s, working on shortwave radio for the Radio Moscow World Service. He was best known as the host of the Listeners’ Request Club, one of Radio Moscow's most popular programmes which, due to its informal presentation, contrasted with most other shows on the station. During 2006, Strelnikov hosted Мозголомы - a Russian version of the Brainiac: Science Abuse TV programme on REN TV. As of 2007, he was hosting Упс! - another Russian TV programme.

From 2011 to 2015, he worked for Radio Moscow's successor, Voice of Russia, co-hosting the mailbag show, "From Moscow With Love".[2] After Voice of Russia was dissolved at the end of 2014, the show was carried for several months on the Sputnik media platform that replaced it before ending in March 2015.[3]


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