Tsoi Wall

A graffiti-covered wall in Moscow, dedicated to musician Viktor Tsoi and his band Kino

The Tsoi Wall in the Arbat, Moscow
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The wall is located at the house №37, at the intersection of Arbat Street and Krivoarbatsky Lane and is considered one of Moscow's landmarks.

It is customary for Tsoi's fans to leave a broken lighted cigarette in the special ash plate by the wall.

Tsoi Wall
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Frequently visited by Tsoi's fans, the wall has become a place to hide a note for a friend or arrange a meeting.

There are also memory walls of Tsoi in other cities, such as Saint Petersburg, Khabarovsk, Dnipropetrovsk and Sevastopol.

History

The wall was first inscribed on 15 August 1990 with «Viktor Tsoi died today» (Сегодня погиб Виктор Цой) in black.

Subsequently someone inscribed a reply: «Tsoi is alive!» (Цой жив!) Later, many other inscriptions were added, including snippets from Kino's songs «Pachka sigaret» («Pack of Cigarettes») and «Ya ne lyublyu, kogda mne vrut» («I Don't Like When They Lie to Me»).

The Tsoi Wall in the Arbat, Moscow
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In 2006 the wall was painted over by the Art Destroy Project members, but the graffiti was restored by Tsoi's fans.

In 2009 the Moscow authorities announced plans to renovate the wall, but the plans were met with skepticism and were dropped.

A monument of a barefoot Tsoi, sitting on a motorcycle, was planned to be installed near the wall, but the idea was rejected by local residents and Tsoi's fans.

Useful Information

Tsoi Wall
Tsoi's Wall
Russian: Стена Цоя

Admission

free

Opening hours

  • 24/7

Contacts

37 Arbat street, Moscow