Mikhail Vladimirovich Krug, born as Vorobyov, was a Russian singer, one of the leading singers of the style of songs known as blatnaya pesnya, or shanson, which has been part of Russian culture since the beginning of the twentieth century.
Mikhail Krug was born in Morozovskiy Gorodok, a suburb of the city of Tver.
In 1987 Krug participated in a song competition, taking first place. As a result, he took up song-writing seriously.
By 1994, he had recorded three albums, which were not released officially, but hundreds of unlicensed copies were distributed. Most of the songs found their way onto his later albums.
His first official release was Zhigan-Limon, which featured one of his biggest hits, "Kolshchik". It took him three years until he settled on the final version. A significant portion of Mikhail Krug's songs invoke the secret code of Russian prisons and the symbolism of prisoner tattoos. They describe the emotional emptiness and the despair of the prisoners who are separated from their families and loved ones. He also wrote many love songs, and songs about Tver.
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