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Viktor Shenderovich
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Viktor Anatolyevich Shenderovich

(1958-08-15) August 15, 1958 (age 64)
Nationality Soviet Union
Alma materMoscow State Art and Cultural University

Viktor Anatolyevich Shenderovich (Russian: Ви́ктор Анато́льевич Шендеро́вич; born August 15, 1958) is a Russian satirist, writer, scriptwriter and radio host.


Shenderovich was born in Moscow into a family of Belarusian Jewish origin.[1][2] In 1980, he graduated from the Moscow State Art and Cultural University,[3] specializing in "direction of volunteer theatrical groups". He is best known as a scriptwriter of popular political puppet show Puppets, which was aired on NTV 1994 to 2002. He hosted satirical author program Total on NTV 1997 to 2001 and TV-6 in 2002. Later, Shenderovich ran a weekly program Processed Cheese on the Echo of Moscow radio station. The texts of this program's editions were later collected in his book Better Two Heads Than One, implying Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Nowadays Shenderovich is a columnist of The New Times, a liberal Russian weekly.

He is known as an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin's rule and the government's stance on the war in Chechnya. Shenderovich is among the 10 first signatories of the online anti-Putin manifesto "Putin Must Go" published in March 2010. On 26 December 2010, Shenderovich played a major role in organizing a "Moscow for Everyone" (Russian: Москва для всех) rally in the capital of Russia, in response to race riots having occurred earlier in the month.[4]

On 30 December 2021, Russia's Ministry of Justice added Shenderovich to its list of “foreign agents”.[5]

On January 11, 2022, Shenderovich left Russia because of a pressure campaign against him by officials, including his controversial designation as a "foreign agent."[6] He was living in Poland as of January 13, 2022.[7]


In 2005, Shenderovich ran for a seat in a December 4 by-election to the State Duma but came in second to the popular filmmaker Stanislav Govorukhin. The winner took 38% of votes and Shenderovich took 17%. Before the election, Shenderovich protested the "widely illegal and immoral practices" of Govorukhin in court, but his appeal was rejected by the judge as unfounded.

In 2006, he published the book Nedodumets in which he summarized his experience as a Duma candidate.


  1. ^ Виктор Шендерович: Моя историческая родина - Беларусь [Victor Shenderovich: My historical homeland is Belarus] - Charter'97, 21 August 2018
  2. ^ Шендерович: «Дед из Беларуси – единственный из 183 человек живым проскочил 1937 год» [Shenderovich: "My Belarus-born grandfather was the only one out of 183 people to survive 1937"] - Salidarnasts, 4 February 2020
  3. ^ Добро пожаловать на главную страницу (Moscow State Art and Cultural University) (in Russian)
  4. ^ Report: Hundreds hit Moscow streets urging end to ethnic violence,
  5. ^ "Russia declares Pussy Riot member, art collector and satirist 'foreign agents'". France 24. 2021-12-30. Retrieved 2021-12-30.
  6. ^ "Columnist And Outspoken Kremlin Critic Viktor Shenderovich Leaves Russia Amid Pressure Campaign". RFE/RL. 2022-01-11. Retrieved 2022-01-11.
  7. ^ "Виктор Шендерович — Особое мнение — Эхо Москвы". Echo of Moscow (in Russian). 13 January 2022. Retrieved 18 January 2022.

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