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“People in high-up government positions, including in the Kremlin administration, were all young once and used to come to our concerts,” he said. “And when we meet up to get drunk, of course we discuss issues like, for example, how best to develop Russia.”

Since announcing his candidacy, Mr. Troitsky has given nearly a dozen interviews to Russian media, but perhaps the most memorable was to the hip, opposition-minded online TV channel Dozhd.

Sprinkling his answers with “for example,” he mocked the political tactics of the anti-Kremlin movement.

“[Opposition leader Boris] Nemtsov would be better off saying at rallies, ‘Look, we have this really cool scientist who’s got some designs for a flying saucer that flies over water, for example, and if we get into power, everyone can get one for a small sum,’ for example,” he said, without even a hint of a smirk.

“But as it is,” he added with a sigh, “they are utterly uninteresting.”

Mr. Troitsky belongs to Russia’s post-Soviet tradition of political eccentrics, which has included a Kremlin-backed psychic, a singer suspected of having Mafia connections and the founder of a catastrophic financial pyramid.

The shock rocker achieved an unlikely electoral triumph in 1998, when he came in first in snap parliamentary elections in the fiercely working-class Moscow suburb of Lyubertsy.

But the results were voided after the turnout failed to reach the required 25 percent.

That was his second foray into politics, five years after he ran for mayor of Moscow in 1993. Those votes also were scrapped — this time amid the violent suppression of a parliamentary rebellion by President Boris Yeltsin.

“Korroziya Metalla were at the height of their fame back then,” Mr. Troitsky said. “I would have won easily and turned Moscow into the coolest city ever.”

Khimki residents appear unwilling to allow Mr. Troitsky to weave his tangled web over their city.

“That heavy metal guy? He’s made a mockery of the whole elections,” said Tatiana Volkova, a 34-year-old housewife. “And who’s paying for all this? That’s what I’d like to know.”