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On the eve of his death, Yura Shatunov received threats from Andrei Razin: “I will grind you into powder!”

Andrei Razin (left) sued for the songs of

Andrei Razin (left) sued for the songs of “Tender May” with the main soloist Yuri Shatunov and the founder of the group Sergei Kuznetsov. Photo: shatunov.com

The heart of the performer of the hit “White Roses” stopped on June 23. Shatunov died in a hospital near Moscow from a massive heart attack at the age of 49. The artist was buried at the Troekurovsky cemetery in Moscow.

In the 80s, Yura Shatunov, having sung his “White Roses”, became a symbol of a whole generation. “Tender May” gathered stadiums, the whole country sang the naive songs of the boy from the orphanage.

It was a difficult time: the change of eras, the collapse of the USSR. Many stars of that period have sunk into oblivion, but Shatunov, thanks to his sincerity and absolute nonchalance, remained afloat. Yes, he no longer sounded from every iron, as in the golden years of Tender May, he was stingy with interviews, but even after leaving the group, he steadily collected full houses.

It was an artist of the old school – on solo albums, fans passed notes to Yura in the old fashioned way. And he, like thirty years ago, did not disregard any question.

Hounded by the courts

In the mid-90s, Yura met his wife Svetlana, a lawyer by education, and moved to her in Germany. They had children – son Dennis and daughter Estella. In Germany, Yura trained as a sound engineer, lived on old savings, occasionally performing for emigrants. But then, succumbing to the persuasion of his friend and former concert director of “Tender May” Arkady Kudryashov, he returned to the big stage with the hit “Forget”.

Yura will forever remain in the memory of fans like this - an orphanage boy with a microphone.  Photo: Robert NETLNIEV / Newsreel TASS

Yura will forever remain in the memory of fans like this – an orphanage boy with a microphone. Photo: Robert NETLNIEV / Newsreel TASS

Everything was quiet until Yura and the author of the hits “Tender May” Sergey Kuznetsov did not want to go solo swimming, go their own way, without the support of producer Andrei Razin. Kuznetsov gave Yura the rights to the group’s hits, and then it began. Razin simply strangled Shatunov with courts.

– Shatunov without my knowledge has no right to perform on stage. He has no right to speak at all. He has no right to open his mouth without my permission, – Andrey Razin explained to reporters. Part of the courts Shatunov and Kuznetsov lost to Razin.

As Shatunov explained to KP, Razin showed in court a copy of a certain agreement with Kuznetsov dated 1992, in which the author transfers the rights to all the hits of Tender May to the producer. According to Kuznetsov, this is a falsified agreement, they say, he never signed such papers.

Kuznetsov suffered financially because of these clashes – RAO stopped paying him royalties.

“I live hard, but Yura helps,” the author of “White Roses” shared with Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Then the fact that the agreement between Razin and Kuznetsov is a fake was confirmed by the Presnensky District Court. A forensic examination was carried out, which confirmed that the signatures on the contract did not belong to Sergei. And since Razin misled the courts and RAO, he was threatened with a real prison term for fraud. Razin filed an appeal – and the courts began again, which seemed to have no end and edge.

The last big concert of the artist was held in April in Moscow.  There was a full house in the hall.

The last big concert of the artist was held in April in Moscow. There was a full house in the hall.

A photo: Vladimir VELENGURIN

“He won’t let me breathe”

In our last telephone conversation with Shatunov, which took place in April of this year, the artist told me that Razin hastily transferred his property to third parties and moved to the States.

– Razin gave the rights to the songs to some Ukrainian company. Help me restore justice! These songs are my life. I’m already tired of these courts, Razin won’t let me breathe. “I’ll grind you to powder! You and your director will rot on the bunk!” – that’s what he writes to me. I don’t want to be associated with this person in any way. Believe me, he did a lot of terrible things, he wants me to be his slave. I am an adult, I am tired of this pressure and threats, – said Yuri.

Andrei Razin.

Andrei Razin.

A photo: Oleg GOLD

Ironically, two days before Shatunov’s death, the court allowed the musician to perform the group’s hits. Razin, of course, broke through in social networks. The producer again poured a bunch of slop on Shatunov and his director, calling them scammers.

“Recently, due to judicial red tape, Yura’s health has deteriorated, he began to complain of pain in his heart,” Shatunov’s friend told Komsomolskaya Pravda. – On the day of his death, Yura, along with his friends, rested at the dacha near Moscow of his director Arkady Kudryashov. Yura didn’t drink much, so he sipped a little for the company, but after the feast he had a heart attack. Apparently, with his sick heart, it was generally impossible to drink. Yura died in the hands of doctors. Defended his creativity and left us…

SING?

White roses

Music and lyrics by Sergei Kuznetsov

A little warmer behind the glass

but in the bitter cold

Entering these doors like a garden

July flowers.

I want to keep them warm

but white roses

In front of everyone I kiss and

ready to iron.

I so want to warm them with warmth, but white roses

In front of everyone I kiss

and ready to iron.

White roses, white roses

defenseless thorns.

What did the snow do to them?

and frosts

ice showcases blue?

People will decorate their

holiday only

for several days.

And leave you to die

on a white cold window.

And people take you home

and late in the evening

Let the holiday light

instantly fill all the windows of the yards.

Who invented you to raise in the winter,

o white roses,

And lead cruel blizzards into the world,

cold winds?

Who invented you to raise in the winter,

o white roses,

And lead cruel blizzards into the world,

cold winds?

White roses, white roses

defenseless thorns.

What did the snow do to them?

and frosts

ice showcases blue?

People will decorate their

holiday only

for several days.

And leave you to die

on a white cold window.

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