Articles by Sergei Chernov



Conscripts' Relatives Fear They'll Be Sent to Ukraine Amid Alleged Coercion

Russian army conscripts are being tricked into signing up to become contract soldiers, and their relatives fear that once they turn professional, they run the risk of being secretly dispatched to fight in eastern Ukraine.

Euromaidan Doc Set For Festival Showing

"Euromaidan: Rough Cut," a documentary made by young Ukrainian filmmakers about the three-month-long protest in Kiev that drove the former, pro-Russia president, Viktor Yanukovych, out of power, is scheduled to be shown as part of the ArtDocFest documentary film festival in Moscow this week.

Doc Festival Goes on Despite Culture Minister Calling Head 'Anti-Russian'

ArtDocFest, Russia's premiere documentary film festival, which runs Dec. 9-17, opens amid controversy following Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky's public refusal to grant state support for the festival for allegedly "anti-state" remarks made by its director Vitaly Mansky.

Veteran Rock Band Televizor Plays Kiev

Most Russian bands have canceled their Ukrainian tours, fearing a backlash from Russian authorities, but ever-defiant St. Petersburg veteran rock band Televizor went ahead and performed at a concert called "No to War!" with two Ukrainian bands in Kiev earlier this month.

Gay Film Fest This Weekend in St. Pete

Side by Side, an annual LGBT film festival, will open in St. Petersburg on Thursday despite pressure on LGBT activists.

Swedish Rocker to Front St. Petersburg's Queerfest

ST. PETERSBURG — Queerfest, an annual celebration of LGBT art and culture has returned to downtown St. Petersburg after being forced last year to relocate to the city's northeastern outskirts.

St. Petersburg Plays Host to 2-Day Jazz Festival

More than 30 musical acts will perform at the northern capital's Petrojazz fest.

Arkady Kots: Riot Folk From Moscow

Moscow band Arkady Kots is one of the most interesting phenomena on Russia's politically conscious music scene.

Famous Rock Singer to Face Trial

Yury Shevchuk, singer, guitarist and songwriter, is not your typical Russian rock star. He is independent, socially conscious and outspoken.

Finnish Singer Aino Venna Plays Moscow

Aino Venna, an up-and-coming singer-songwriter from Finland, sings in English and French, blending folk, chanson, torch songs and pop.

Free Pussy Riot Fest A Success in St. Pete

Russia's first large concert in support of Pussy Riot and other political prisoners went ahead in St. Petersburg despite pressure from the authorities. Three people were detained for alleged jaywalking after the concert.

Legendary St. Pete Club Fish Fabrique Turns 18

St. Petersburg's pioneering rock club Ч and the oldest surviving in town Ч will mark its 18th anniversary this week with a concert by pop-rock band Polyusa and a party.

Russian Musicians Hesitant to Back Pussy Riot

With more and more Western musicians Ч from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Peter Gabriel and Sting Ч showing their support for Pussy Riot, the female punk rockers who have found themselves behind bars for an anti-Putin performance in a Moscow church in March, Russian musicians are being criticized for not showing enough support.

Soviet-Born Star Regina Spektor Returns to Moscow

Regina Spektor, the Moscow-born, New York-based singer songwriter, has returned to Russia for the first time since she emigrated to perform in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

New York Musicians Come Out for Pussy Riot

Musicians of Russian-American descent played a concert in New York in support of the jailed Pussy Riot group calling for them to be released from jail.

BalconyTV Set to Make Its Debut in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg will now have its own BalconyTV, the international daily online viral music show that features bands, musicians and other variety acts on balconies around the world.

Nouvelle Brings New Theatrical Show to Arena

In the world of pop, you have to run to stay in the same place Ч or change constantly to keep your work interesting. That's exactly what Marc Collin, the French producer and mastermind behind Nouvelle Vague, does.

Feminist Punk Band Become Unlikely Putin Foil

Pussy Riot, a feminist punk collective from Moscow, creates protest through its dissident songs and unsanctioned performances, including a brief unauthorized concert in late January on Red Square.

Markscheider Credo 'Just Having a Laugh'

Markscheider Kunst has managed to keep its sense of humor and have fun at its concerts, while its peers have grown deadly serious, according to the veteran St. Petersburg band's singer and guitarist Sergei "Yefr" Yefremenko.

Leinonen Records Sound of Emotions

Ville Leinonen, the Finnish singer-songwriter whose diverse recording career encompasses everything from folk to bossa nova and daring experiments, plays in Moscow  on Sunday to showcase his 13th album, a departure from all of his previous works.

St. Petersburg Gets Refreshing 'Dusche'

A music club in a former 19th-century warehouse is part of a new, vibrant area in central St. Petersburg. The club Dusche, which is owned by members of the group Leningrad, is located in an industrial courtyard off Ligovsky Prospekt in a warehouse formerly used by Moskovsky Station that was previously off limits to the general public.

Tiger Lillies Not Really Daytime Television Fun

The Tiger Lillies, an accordion-driven Brechtian trio from London, are regular visitors to Russia and are set to play in Krasnoyarsk on Wednesday. Accordion player, guitarist and falsetto vocalist Martyn Jacques spoke to The Moscow Times.

Rapper Slams Police After His 'Apology'

Rapper Noize MC, who was jailed for 10 days for Уdisorderly conductФ after Volgograd's police took offense at his mocking them in his music, has released a new song that lambastes the police and calls Russia a Уpolice state.Ф

Locals Fight Demolition With Vigil in St. Pete

The Rogov House was built at the beginning of the 19th century, and until demolition work began earlier this week it had retained many of the original details from that period.

Finnish Products

Three Finnish rock bands come to Ikra on Thursday.

Finnish Products

Three Finnish rock bands come to Ikra on Thursday.

Downbeat DJs Strike for Pay Raise

Velvet Underground Star Hits Town

Grebenshchikov's Soviet Rock Gets a Makeover