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Viktor Tsoi was literally the first underground rock musician in Russia, playing in  a basement in St. Petersburg and was heard publically in the 90s with perestroika and the fall of the Soviet Union.

A new monument to Viktor Tsoi is to be erected in his singer's hometown of St. Petersburg is the subject of a design contest and supported by city admministration.

The first monument was placed in 2002 in the courtyard over the boileroom basement in St. Petersburg where Viktor Tsoi used to work when he was an underground rocker. Loyal fans made some surprisingly nice paintings on the wall, wore tsoi t-shirts and sat and sang his songs. An official granite monument was hung on the wall, but the real testimony were the fans. Some us us made our way into the basement.

 It was wet, dirt with pieces of wood in the mud. The ceiling was low. But there was a little door and the rooms where Viktor created his music still there and musicians were sitting about remembering and honoring him. For some it was a real pilgrimage for the soul. He will always be remembered as a pioneer in Russian rock and as one of those Russian people who made a difference in times when it was difficult.

Da, I was there. It was touching to see how he affected people.

Fans also made an informal shrine in Moscow on old Arbat Street where grafitti notes were made and people gathered to sing his songs.

Tsoi's band Kino was one of the first to gain popularity. The hostility of the Soviet rule was softened under Gorbachev and the height of his acceptance was in June, 1990 when he performed at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium.
Tsoi tragically died in August 1990 at the age of 28 in a car crash in the Soviet republic of Latvia.
Wikipeida has more information from a Moscow perspective more than St. Petersburg. | Forum