Aria / Ария

Aria (Ария) was one of Russia’s first heavy metal bands, and the very first to reach large scale commercial success in Russia. Dubbed the “Russian Iron Maiden” by the media, Aria was at peak success...

Secret / Секрет

Secret (Секрет) was a very popular band during the Soviet era. They still occasionally tour and perform their old hits today. Secret was founded in 1982 in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad), when two of the...

DDT / ДДТ

DDT (ДДТ) is a Russian rock band founded in Ufa, in the Bashkir Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, in 1980. The group’s name is taken from the insecticide DDT (though among several erroneous interpretations of the...

Bulat Okudzhava / Булат Окуджава

Bulat Okudzhava (1924–1997) (Булат Окуджава) was a Georgian-Armenian Russian-speaking poet and singer-songwriter, and one of the founders of Russia’s bardic tradition. Okudzhava’s parents both worked for the Communist Party, but they were arrested during the...

Кино / Kino

Кино/Kino was one of the most popular Soviet rock groups of the 1980s and 1990s. Influenced by Western bands like R.E.M., The Cure, The Smiths, and Joy Division, Kino became a touchstone for Soviet and...