Pyotr Vail

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Pyotr Vail
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Born (1949-09-29)29 September 1949
Died 7 December 2009(2009-12-07) (aged 60)
Occupation writer, editor, radio executive
Language Russian
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.[1] He moved to the United States in 1977, joining the station in the mid-1980s. He moved to the Prague headquarters in 1995.[2] In 1995, he reported from Chechnya.[3]

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.[2]


  1. ^ "Writer and Journalist Pyotr Vail Passes Away". Russia-InfoCentre. 8 December 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Henry, Patrick (December 8, 2009). "Pyotr Vail, Russian Author and Journalist, Dies in Prague at 60". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Larissa Mitina (December 10, 2009). "Peter Vail, Veteran RFE/RL Broadcaster, Accomplished Author, Dies At 60". RFE/RL.