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Victory over cancer, a sect and a war between ex-soloists: where did Marina Zhuravleva, “Rock Islands” and other stars of the nineties disappear

The very first line-up of the group "East".  Due to the divorce of Gennady Filippov (above) and Larisa Yudchits (blonde), a war began "clones".

The very first composition of the group “East”. Because of the divorce of Gennady Filippov (above) and Larisa Yudchits (blonde), the clone war began.

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Their hits have not been played on the radio for a long time and, even more so, on TV. And let’s be honest: a hit with many performers from the nineties there was only one. But what! Their songs, under which we dreamed, fell in love and wiped away tears, we still remember by heart.

GROUP “VOSTOK” (“Mirage”, “See you”)

Story “Russian Ace of Base”, which in 1996 blew up the air with a catchy rhyme “Mirages are our life”, was not simple from the very beginning. Four soloists – Andrey Rusakovsky, Natalya Sigaeva, Larisa Yudchits and Gennady Filippov (the last two not only sang, but also got married) – were promoted by Decl’s father Alexander Tolmatsky. And when the two-year contract came to an end, the producer sent the quartet home, dividing the rights in half: the soloists were left with golden hits, and Tolmatsky – the name of the group. So there was a new “Vostok”, famous for the one and only song “Donna Autumn”.

To stay afloat, the ex-“Easterners” tried everything: they changed the name to “West”, converged, diverged, updated the lineups and in the end still bought the name from Decl’s father. However, by that time, not only the first line-up of the group had broken up, but also the marriage of Larisa and Gennady. So, two Vostok groups appeared at retro discos: while Natalya Sigaeva and Larisa Yudchits sang a duet, Gennady Filippov made a trio with two girls – also a blonde and a redhead, but 20 years younger than the “golden voices” of the group. The love story was repeated. The new blonde Natalya Rodina became the wife of Gennady Filippov. In his favor, in 2019, the dispute over the Vostok brand was also resolved. So the first soloists now perform under the name “Vostok Band”, singing world hits.

Updated "East" posing with Shura.  Filippov (far right) married the new soloist Natalya Rodina (far left).

Updated “Vostok” posing with Shura. Filippov (far right) married the new soloist Natalya Rodina (far left).

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– It seemed that we would meet retirement along with the old repertoire. But we were kicked out of the group, the name was taken away, we were forbidden to sing songs that we had been performing for decades. Kind of like we’re clones and fake. But how can we be clones of ourselves? – the ex-participants still cannot reconcile.

MARINA ZHURAVLEVA (“White bird cherry”, “I have a wound in my heart”)

In the early nineties, the sweet-voiced star with her unpretentious hits was so popular that she collected several stadiums a day. Clones toured the country in packs, and Zhuravlev herself was “pressed” by racketeers, demanding a generous tribute for the opportunity to perform. As the singer later recalled in an interview, in hotels she had to keep a gun under her pillow, and armed guards were always on duty at the door of the room.

In 1992, Marina Zhuravleva flew off on tour to the States, but could not return back: the organizers took the artist’s passport and forced her to perform in casinos and taverns. Only a year later, when the singer got used to America a little, she had the opportunity to fly away. But there was no longer any desire: Mikhail Shufutinsky brought Zhuravlev to the right people, life began to improve. Marina married an American with Armenian roots, transported her daughter Yulia across the ocean, and soon disaster struck: the girl was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Since then, there was no question of moving: the daughter was successfully operated on, but for many years she remained under the supervision of doctors.

Zhuravleva with her daughter Yulia.

Zhuravleva with her daughter Yulia.

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Zhuravleva returned to Moscow only in the early 2010s, when there was discord in relations with her husband. She swept across the country with tours, went on a talk show and … unexpectedly flew off to Los Angeles. Judging by her page in Odnoklassniki, the 59-year-old actress is happy again with her husband: social networks are full of their common photos.

Marina Zhuravleva and her American husband Mkrtich Arakelyan.

Marina Zhuravleva and her American husband Mkrtich Arakelyan.

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SVETLANA VLADIMIRSKA (“My boy”)

“Singer of the Year-1994”, which won the charts with hit “My Boy”, very quickly tired of the dashing mores of the stage of that time. When the beautiful artist disappeared from the stage in 1998, it was rumored that she had moved abroad. But no: soon Svetlana, along with her husband-producer Mark Bolshoy, was found in a remote village in the Krasnoyarsk Territory in the religious community of the “prophet Vissarion” (real name – Sergey Torop). It was there, according to Vladimirskaya, that she found happiness: she began to sing in the church, started a household, opened her own grocery store … She also gave birth to four children and there, in the community, she divorced and remarried twice.

Svetlana Vladimirskaya in the Vissarion sect.

Svetlana Vladimirskaya in the Vissarion sect.

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The influence of the sect turned out to be so strong that the ex-star did not leave it even after Vissarion was detained in September 2020 for the illegal activities of a religious organization. It was said that polygamy, exhausting labor and monetary extortions were widespread in the community, and in case of illness, a doctor was called only in extreme cases. Svetlana experienced it herself: last year, due to advanced pancreatitis, she survived six operations and at first even fed through a tube. But she still did not return to Moscow.

In the sect, Vladimirskaya gave birth to four children.

In the sect, Vladimirskaya gave birth to four children.

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GROUP “ROCK ISLANDS” (“Don’t say anything”)

The video for the only hit of the group, where four rockers in leather clothes sit in rocking chairs in the middle of an open field, was played on all channels in 1997. Then no one could have imagined that in just a year the economic crisis would delete the Rock Islands from the musical agenda: the group was thrown with a new album, leaving them without a fee, there was nothing to go on tour with. So the team disappeared from the radar for many years.

"rock islands" tour to this day.

“Rock Islands” tours to this day.

A photo: Personal page of the hero of the publication in the social network

However, the leader of the “Rock Islands” Vladimir Zakharov, who calls himself Maestro, did not give up music for a minute. Judging by the poster of the team, he still performs quite tightly in clubs and on City Days. Yes, the rockers have turned gray and there are not enough stars from the sky, but they do not complain about life. So, Zakharov, who did not take root in Moscow, moved to his native village in the Nizhny Novgorod region and built a real castle there, started a garden. So, in between concerts, the musician flies the beds and mows the lawn.

Vladimir Zakharov returned to the village, where he once began his career in show business.

Vladimir Zakharov returned to the village, where he once began his career in show business.

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By the way, the 55-year-old leader of the “Rock Islands” still sings only live.

“I’d rather hoarse than sing under the plywood,” Zakharov admits. – Singing under the plywood – hellish work. Moving your lips and trying to get into your own song is not easy at all.

SVETLANA RERICH (“Hands”)

No wonder a quarter of a century ago, the singer nursed with a pointer at the blackboard in the video “Ladoshki”, seducing the young Maxim Averin and Leonid Barats (in this video, the future stars got the main roles). This image turned out to be prophetic: at 50, Roerich is a certified teacher, psychologist and coach-consultant for children and parents. And it happened by accident.

Svetlana Roerich became a teacher.

Svetlana Roerich became a teacher.

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The artist’s career was at its peak for only a couple of years: first, the Soyuz studio went bankrupt, and then Roerich found out about the producer’s deception. It turned out that for her performances she received even less than the dancers. The conflict in the best traditions of the nineties – with “shooters”, brothers and threats – ended for Svetlana with a flight from show business. In the “zero” she still tried to record songs, but she did not understand what to do with them without a producer. Having survived clinical depression, yesterday’s star studied psychology and worked on election technologies for several years, until she finally decided to become a teacher. Now she has her own school of child development with lessons in speed reading and time management.

– I raised my son to be a champion – I will raise yours too! – the ex-artist promises. And he’s not lying: her only son Danila is a multiple national champion in sailing.

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