Andrey Alekseevich Antonenko (“Riffmaster”) – poet, musician, artist of the “Riffmaster” group. WITHSergeant of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, ATO participant.
Place of Birth & Education
Was born in 1971 in Kiev. He graduated from a music school in the class of cymbals and a Cultural and Educational School (conductor of an amateur choir), a guitar teacher.
In 1989 – founded the thrash metal group Leprosorium, participated in the musical groups ADEM and DAZ Machine. As part of “ADEM” 1991 he won a rock festival in Moscow, having signed a record contract in Los Angeles, but because of the putsch and the collapse of the USSR, the group remained in Ukraine.
In 2003 he founded the solo project “Riffmaster”, in which he wrote music, lyrics, was a guitarist and vocalist.
In May 2015, Andrey with the soloist of the Tartak group Alexander Polozhynsky performed for the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the front lines.
Participation in the ATO in Donbass
From July 2017 phe served under a contract in the ranks of the Special Operations Forces (MTR), in the command of the USN since June 2019. Rank – fromSergeant of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He was wounded in the leg.
In 2007 the debut album “Beautiful Day” was released, 2015 – the album “Chicken Kiev”.
The most famous song by Andrey Antonenko is “Quietly Came, Quietly Left”, which is considered the unofficial anthem of the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
October 21, 2014 – Order For Courage, III degree.
On December 12, 2019, Andrey Antonenko was arrested on suspicion of plotting the murder of the famous Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet.
July 20, 2016 in the center of Kiev blew up the car of Alena Prytula, the head of Ukrainian Truth, in which Pavel Sheremet was. He died. December 12, 2019 security forces named the suspects and explained how they got there. Psuspicions announced Andrey Antonenko, nurse Yana Dugar; doctor and volunteer Yulia Kuzmenko. According to the investigation, Dugar was scouting the area before the crime, and Kuzmenko laid the explosives; Antonenko allegedly helped Kuzmenko on the night of the “bookmark”.
December 14 Antonenko arrested for two months in the case of murder in 2016 by journalist Sheremet.
On May 21, 2023 it became known that the investigation changed suspicion of Antonenko, Kuzmenko and Dugar.
May 22, 2023 police completed investigation and took the murder case to court.
On April 30, 2023, the Shevchenko District Court changed the measure of restraint for Andrei Antonenko – he was released under round-the-clock house arrest.