Artemy Troitsky

    is a celebrated Russian activist, cultural critic, university lecturer and journalist. In the eighties, Troitsky played a significant role in the anti-Soviet cultural revolution of the Soviet youth. Troitsky is author of Back in the U. S. S. R.: The True Story of Rock in Russia (British edition 1987) and Tusovka: Who’s Who in New Soviet Rock Culture (British edition 1990). He has taught classes on music journalism at Moscow State University. In 1986 Troitsky was one of the organizers of the “Account No. 904” rock concert, modelled on Live Aid, to raise funds for the victims of the Chernobyl disaster, the first such concert in the Soviet Union. Currently Troitsky lives in Tallinn, Estonia and teaches at universities in Tallinn and Helsinki.
    “I don’t believe that Russians are really stubborn or inspired Orthodox Christians. Just forget it! People might make noises like ‘This is blasphemy, I want to lynch these girls’. But when you ask a Russian when he was last in church, if he’s honest he will tell you he’s never been, or that he was last there five years ago on a day trip to Vladimir with his family. What has infuriated them so strongly with the Pussy Riot case? Partly it is a matter of male chauvinism and their hatred of feminism. Partly it’s a generation thing: they’re punks, they’re young. It’s the same thing that made elderly Russian communists and workers beat up hippies in the street in the 1960s and 1970s. But this is not the whole answer. In truth, I don’t really understand how my people can be so cruel, so stupid, so conservative and so unresponsive to people who are working for them, I mean for their freedom.”ARTEMY TROITSKY