Mumiy Troll is a Russian band, established in Vladivostok in 1983 by singer Ilia Lagutenko. They released their first album in 1985, but broke up when Lagutenko had to go to the army. They made a comeback in 1990 with a second album. However, it was only in 1997 when they had their real breakthrough with their first official album.
Mumiy Troll is one of the most famous bands in Russia, presenting no less than 13 albums, both in Russian and in English. They represented Russia in the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest. They are famous throughout Europe, in China and in Japan. Mumiy Troll was the first to support the activities of PSI organization fighting AIDS in Russia and performed at the No Name Fever exhibition for AIDS in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2005. They are also well known for conservation activities on wild life in Far-East taiga and helping local minorities to survive. Ilia Lagutenko is a patron of the British-Russian Amur fund for the protection of Amur tigers and leopards.
Yuri Tsaler and Eugene “Sdwig” Zvidionny have left the band.