Russia's Top Music Critic Ditches Russia for Estonia ({{commentsTotal}})

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Known as a stern critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian music critic and journalist Artemy Troitsky has moved to Estonia.

“Hysterical atmosphere, militarism and aggressiveness,“ Troitsky listed as the reasons for his move to Eesti Päevaleht today.

He said those people whose world view does not match those of the political powers are finding it psychologically hard to live there. Constant militaristic propaganda and pressure to keep any criticism quiet are prevalent.

Putin probably regrets the decision to meddle in Ukraine, Troitsky said, adding that the attempt to hold on to power at any cost has caused great damage to the country's elite.

He says he is not in political exile, but has no plans to return, having found a home here and put in the paperwork for permanent residency. He said he also has friends here, including former MP Juku-Kalle Raid.

Troitsky has taught classes in music journalism at Moscow State University, and in 1986 was one of the organizers of the "Account No. 904" rock concert, modeled on the West's Live Aid concert the same year, to raise funds for the victims of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the first such concert in the Soviet Union.

He was born in Yaroslavl, and in 1988 he was described in the New York Times as "the leading Soviet rock critic".