Anton Krotov

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Anton Krotov during his lecture in Vilnius, Lithuania

Anton Krotov is a well-known traveler and author of more than 30 books. He is also a founder of the Academy of Free Travel, and its president (as of 2008).


Already in the 1990s. Anton united travellers and adventurers in Russia by posting advertisements in relevant magazines and inviting people to his home in Moscow or to go on trips together.

Since 2007, Anton has hosted so-called "Houses for Everyone" in places as diverse as Siberia, Istanbul, Mexico, Egypt and Madagascar. He rented houses for two to three months to which everyone was invited. While other people are carrying on the tradition of the "Houses for Everyone" where everyone is invited, Anton's last "House for Everyone" took place in Indonesia in 2015. He now opens houses "of good people" where only people known to him are allowed, and who have to financially contribute. In 2016 he opened a flat in Nizhny Novgorod, and in 2017 in Kyrgyzstan.

He keeps on travelling and is constantly doing lectures in Russian-speaking countries. In 2016 he published a book about "the cities of Russia" that he had visited on his lectures, some as far away as Anadyr in Chukotka.

Anton Krotov has been Muslim since he converted to Islam on one of his trips to Sudan in 2001. While his visa request for Saudi Arabia was earlier refused, he embarked on the Hajj in the last month of the Islamic year 1437, which corresponded to parts of August and September 2016.