29 September 1949|
|Died||7 December 2009
|Occupation||writer, editor, radio executive|
|Alma mater||Moscow Polygraphic Institute|
|Literary movement||deputy director of Radio Liberty's Russia service|
Pyotr Lvovich Vail (Russian: Пётр Львович Вайль; born 29 September 1949, Riga, Latvian SSR – 7 December 2009, Prague, Czech Republic) was a Russian author, journalist, essayist and deputy director of Radio Liberty's Russia service.
Born in Riga 1949, he studied at the Moscow Polygraphic Institute. He moved to the United States in 1977, joining the station in the mid-1980s. He moved to the Prague headquarters in 1995. In 1995, he reported from Chechnya.
Vail's best-known books include Genii mesta (The Genius of Place) and Stikhi pro menya (Poems About Me). He produced several books with Alexander Genis, including Russkaya kukhnya v izgnanii (Russian Cuisine in Exile) and 60-e. Mir sovetskogo cheloveka (The '60s. The World of Soviet People). He co-edited Iosif Brodsky: trudy i dni (Joseph Brodsky: Works and Days), about Nobel Prize-winning poet Joseph Brodsky, with Lev Losev. He died in a Prague hospital.
- "Writer and Journalist Pyotr Vail Passes Away". Russia-InfoCentre. 8 December 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2009.
- Henry, Patrick (December 8, 2009). "Pyotr Vail, Russian Author and Journalist, Dies in Prague at 60". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 10 December 2009.
- Larissa Mitina (December 10, 2009). "Peter Vail, Veteran RFE/RL Broadcaster, Accomplished Author, Dies At 60". RFE/RL.
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