Valeriy Pecheykin

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Valeriy Pecheykin
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Born (1984-10-07) 7 October 1984 (age 36)
Alma materTashkent State University of Economics
Gorky Literary Institute
Notable worksA Little Hero
Notable awardsDebut and New Drama(2005)

Valeriy Pecheykin (Russian: Валéрий Валéрьевич Печéйкин) is a Russian playwright, dramaturge, and journalist.


Pecheykin was born in 1984 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.[1] After graduating from Tashkent State University of Economics and working as a journalist in Tashkent, he studied creative writing at Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow. He currently works as a writer and dramaturge at Gogol Center in Moscow and is a regular contributor for the Russian LGBT magazine Kvir.

He is the author of the plays My Moscow (2008), Net (2009), Lucifer (2008), Russia, Forward! (2011), A Little Hero (2014) and co-wrote the screenplay for Pavel Lungin's film The Conductor (Russia, 2012).[2] A collection of his plays was published in Russia under the title Lucifer in 2013. Dear Lord (2014) is a play for children and premiered in December 2014 directed by Denis Azarov. Pecheykin’s play Falcons (2005) received two young playwright awards, Debut and New Drama.

A Little Hero was published in Russian in Mitin Journal (Митин журнал) in 2014.[3] The play's main character, an underage boy named Vovochka (a nickname that means 'little Vladimir'), takes the Russian anti-gay-propaganda law into his own hands, organizing a vigilante group "Crematorium" that persecutes gay men and women under the pretext of protecting the children. He feels a close affinity with Vladimir Putin and even appeals to him with a proposal to build a giant cremation machine he invented for incinerating all kinds of sexual “deviants.” The storyline seems at first like a dystopian fantasy; however, it offers a realistic portrayal of contemporary life in Russia for homosexuals.[4] It was translated into English by Zhenya Pomerantsev and John Turiano and staged in its abridged version under the title Crematorium at New York’s Shelter Studios and Gene Frankel Theatre, directed by Alexander Kargaltsev, after a workshop at Dixon Place.[5] The full play in translation was staged at London's White Bear Theatre in 2018.[6]


  • 2005 — Falcons (Соколы)
  • 2008 — My Moscow (Моя Москва), Lucifer (Люцифер)
  • 2009 — Net
  • 2011 — Russia, Forward! (Россия, вперёд!)
  • 2014 — A Little Hero (Маленький герой), Dear Lord (Боженька)


  • 2012 — The Conductor (Дирежёр) (with Pavel Lungin)
  • 2014 — Heart Defect (Порок сердца) (video short)
  • 2016 — The Queen of Spades (with Pavel Lungin)


  • 2013 — Lucifer (Люцифер)


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  4. ^ Teeman, Tim (6 October 2014). "The 'Hunted' Gays of Putin's Russia: Vicious Vigilantes and State Bigotry Close Up". Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  5. ^ Wong, Curtis M. (19 May 2014). "Facing Death, Gay Couples Aim To 'Turn Straight' In Controversial NYC Play". HuffPost. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  6. ^ "White Bear Theatre | A Little Hero". White Bear Theatre | Home. Retrieved 2018-08-10.

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