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In his youth, a native of Leningrad, Sergei Shnurov undertook any job. He was a carpenter, a loader and even a caretaker. Later, music came into his life, which changed the life of the artist forever. How was the career of Sergei Shnurov – in the material

Sergei Shnurov: childhood and early career

Sergei was born on April 13, 1973 in Leningrad. My parents worked as engineers. He studied at the secondary school № 564, was fond of music.

Sergei Shnurov as a child. Photo: social networks

After school, Shnurov entered the Leningrad Civil Engineering Institute, but it did not reach the diploma. Later he entered the vocational school, where he received the profession of restorer of works of wood of the 4th category.

After graduating from high school with friends, he entered the Theological Institute (an educational institution for the training of pastors and parish assets of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria). The future artist studied there for three years.

Sergei Shnurov in his youth
Sergei Shnurov in his youth. Photo: social networks

In his youth, Sergei Shnurov undertook any job. He was a loader, a caretaker in kindergarten, a carpenter and a glazier. He later became an assistant director and director of promotion at the radio station “Modern”.

Sergei Shnurov: “Leningrad”, “Ruble”, “Zoya”

In 1991, Sergei Shnurov created his first group called “Alkorepitsa”. It did not last long. Shnurov’s next musical group was a group with no less resounding name – “Van Gogh’s Ear”.

1997 was a special year for Shnurov. This year, in just four days, he created a new group called “Leningrad”, betting on scandal and outrage. With the support of the musician from the “Auction” Leonid Fedorov, the band recorded their first studio album. It was named “Bullet” and was released in the summer of 1999. And after the frontman left the group, Shnurov picked up the microphone.

Sergei Shnurov in his youth
Sergei Shnurov in his youth. Photo: social networks

The band gained popularity largely due to the bold antics on stage and the charisma of Shnurov. Despite the average external data (the artist’s height is 177 cm and weight is 75 kg), he is able to hold the interest of the public for many years.

In 2008, Sergei Shnurov introduced fans to a new team – “Ruble”, but two years later, in 2010, revived “Leningrad”.

In mid-2021, Shnurov presented a new project “Zoya”. His soloist is Ksenia Rudenko, who even uses obscene words on her social networks.

Leningrad Group in 1997. Photo: social networks

In addition, Sergei Shnurov presented to the public two solo albums.

Sergey Shnurov: popular songs and clips

By the time he was 49, Sergei Shnurov had released about 20 albums, including two solo ones. So, for example, the 14th studio album of “Leningrad” – “Henna” – fans heard in 2011. Over the next few years, five more records were released (“Eternal Flame”, “Fish”, “Evening Leningrad”, “Stuffing” and “Our Beach”).

Sergey Shnurov
Sergey Shnurov. 2003 Photo: Global Look Press

When Alice Vox became the vocalist of the group in November 2012, “Leningrad” presented a hit video for the song “Labuteny”.

Sergei Shnurov: movies, TV, projects

Sergei Shnurov has created many songs for popular Russian films. For example, he is the author of the soundtrack “Mobile Phone”, which sounded in the drama “Boomer”.

Also in the popular TV series “Fizruk” with Dmitry Nagiyev in the lead role sounded two songs “Leningrad” – “No one is sorry” and “In St. Petersburg – to drink.”

Sergei Shnurov also tried his hand at cinema. So, in 2015, he starred in the Russian-American action movie “Hardcore” which was produced by Timur Bekmambetov. In the spring of 2021 in the film “Nobody” Shnurov played the role of the killer.

Shnurov also tried his hand as a TV presenter. On “Ren-TV” he hosted the program “Blue Light”. In 2016, Sergei appeared in the project of the First Channel “About Love”, which was broadcast on the First Channel.

Sergey Shnurov
Sergey Shnurov. 2009 Photo: Global Look Press

In 2019, he became the host of a new version of the show “Fort Boyard”. He previously took the jury seat in the seventh season of the Voice project, where he returned in the new season, in October 2020.

In the summer of 2020, Sergei Shnurov became the general producer of the RTVI channel, from which he left on March 10, 2022 of his own volition.

The artist has also proven himself in another field. He voices audiobooks, cartoon characters and movies.

Sergey Shnurov: awards, prizes, income

According to Forbes, in 2016 Sergei Shnurov was the highest paid musician in Russia. His income was about $ 11 million.

In addition to music, the artist is engaged in business. In 2014, he registered the brand of the Shnurovs menswear line, which he started selling in his own online store, but in 2019 he stopped developing it.

Sergey Shnurov
Sergey Shnurov. 2012 Photo: Global Look Press

In June 2020, he became the owner of 20% of Carbon Production LLC, which produces video content for television.

In addition, Shnurov owns a restaurant.

In the collection of awards Sergei Shnurov – “Nick” and “Golden Gramophone”.

Sergei Shnurov: politics

Some of Sergei Shnurov’s statements can be called oppositional.

Nevertheless, in 2019 the musician became a member of the Public Council under the State Duma Committee on Culture. And given his love of obscene language, this news caused a real shock.

In February 2020, Shnurov became a member of the Growth Party, saying he intended to benefit the political union and “add bright colors.”

In February 2021, Sergei Shnurov shocked the audience once again. The musician spoke in favor of the law on the support of the mat on social networks.

Sergei Shnurov: personal life

Sergei Shnurov’s personal life is no less rich than his creative one. Maria Ismagilova became the musician’s first wife. The couple met when Sergei was a student of theological seminary. In 1993, she gave birth to Shnurov’s daughter Seraphim. She studied Chinese philosophy at St. Petersburg State University and works as a graphic designer. Sergei divorced Maria as soon as he formed the group “Leningrad”.

Seraphim Shnurov
Seraphim Shnurov. Photo: social networks

A few years after the divorce, Sergei Shnurov met the art director of the group “Pep-si” Svetlana Kostitsyna. In 2000, they had a son named Apollo. A few years later, the marriage broke up, but Svetlana remained the team manager.

Sergey Shnurov and Oksana Akinshina
Sergey Shnurov and Oksana Akinshina. 2005 Photo: Global Look Press

While still married to Kostitsyna, Shnurov fell in love with 15-year-old Oksana Akinshina. Their union lasted about ten years. And in 2007 the musician met the journalist Elena Mozgova, who came to conquer Moscow from Voronezh. After three years of relationship, they not only registered their marriage, but also got married. So, Elena Mozgova became Matilda Shnurova. And in May 2018, the couple filed for divorce.

Matilda Shnurova
Matilda Shnurova. Photo: Global Look Press

The next love of the artist was Olga Abramova. The MSU graduate and the scandalous rocker went to the registry office in October 2018, despite the 18-year age difference. In 2021 it became known that Olga gave birth to a son Sergei, and in January 2022 came the news that the family is coming another addition.

Sergei Shnurov: conflicts

Non-standard songs, catchy poems, turbulent personal life. In addition to all this, Sergei Shnurov is not averse to scandalize celebrities. For example, Shnurov has a tense relationship with producer Iosif Prigozhin. The musician repeatedly addressed the singer, after which Prigogine stood up to defend his wife.

Some time ago, former Leningrad soloist Alice Vox sued Shnurov. The singer claimed that she did not sign a contract under which she transfers the rights to deductions for 39 songs for 1 thousand rubles. In September last year, the court rejected the claim for 19.5 million rubles.

Alice Vox
Alice Vox. Photo: Global Look Press

Ksenia Sobchak became Sergei Shnurov’s sworn enemy. It all started when, after the divorce of Shnurov and Matilda, the TV presenter decided to invite her to an interview. After the video was released on YouTube, Sergei asked Ksenia to delete the post, but the blonde did not agree to do so.

The conflict between the parties continued this year. Shnurov presented a new video for “Shmarafon”, where he allegedly ridiculed Ksenia Sobchak, pointing to a number of details of her biography, including touching Plato’s young son. After the fight between the stars on social networks, Sergei’s work disappeared from the Web.

Ksenia Sobchak
Ksenia Sobchak. Photo: Global Look Press

This winter, Sergei Shnurov did not like the way the snow was removed in his native St. Petersburg. As a result, the musician presented the video “So far”. After that, a number of officials expressed their indignation at the artist, and in response the group released the song “Repentance”, in which Shnurov took all the blame for the mountains of snow, garbage and slippery streets, and even confessed his love for the mayor.

Sergei Shnurov: latest news

In March this year, Sergei Shnurov announced his departure from RTVI. He explained his decision by saying that he wanted to spend more time on music.

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