Yana “Yanka” Dyagileva (1966 - 1991) is a well-known Russian singer/songwriter. Born in Novosibirsk (Siberia) she was never in showbiz but was (and still is) a true underground rock icon in Russia. Based on punk, psychedelic rock and Russian folk and poetical traditions, her songs dealt with themes of despair, depression and nihilism. At the age of 25 she drowned in the Inja river near Novosibirisk. Her legacy of 30+ songs and a few verses only became known in Russia after her death, but these songs are deeply loved and widely covered by many people – Massive Attack among them. Songs that are full of emotions and genuine beauty and can touch every soul.
Ekaterina Borisova is a music journalist from Saint Petersburg, Russia. Since the mid-80s she has been writing articles on rock music for Russian magazines and newspapers, whilst remaining a major fan and developing a deep knowledge about the Russian underground rock scene. She’s also the author of several books – two books about Yanka Dyagileva among them, issued and reissued between 1998 - 2005.
Yuriy Gurzhy was born in the Ukraine and lives in Berlin. He is a musician, songwriter, DJ and producer and is known for his work with RotFront, Shtetl Superstars and The Disorientalists as well as his party series Russendisko, Born in UA and Disko Kosmopolit.