Yanka Dyagileva

Post-punk, Musical Artist

1966 – 1991


Who was Yanka Dyagileva?

Yana "Yanka" Stanislavovna Dyagileva was a Russian poet and singer-songwriter.

Dyagileva was born in Novosibirsk. She was one of the brightest figures in Russia's underground punk scene. She both played solo and performed with others, including Egor Letov and rock bands Grazhdanskaya Oborona and Velikiye Oktyabri. Dyagileva was greatly influenced by Alexander Bashlachev and Igor "Egor" Letov, who were her friends. Her songs were a mixture of desperate and depression, punk-style nihilism and folk-like lamentations.

On May 9, 1991, she disappeared from her countryside home, where she lived with her family. On May 17, she was found dead in the Inya River, far away from the place where she had disappeared. It is thought she probably committed suicide after a long bout with depression, although no formal finding of suicide was made; the official point of view is that she accidentally drowned. There were also some rumours that Yanka as a matter of fact had been killed, as there had been no water in her lungs and that her skull had been fractured. There is no documental evidence of these rumours.

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Sep 4, 1966
Also known as
  • Yanka Diagileva
  • Янка Дягилева
  • ßíêà Äÿãèëåâà
  • Янка
  • Dyagileva, Yanka
  • Russia
Lived in
  • Novosibirsk
May 9, 1991

on July 23, 2013


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