Vitali Vitaliev.

Vitali Vitaliev

Vitali Vitaliev was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He first made a name for himself in the then Soviet Union, writing satirical journalism in Krokodil and other publications, exposing the activities of organised crime and the all-permeating corruption in the collapsing country. His fearless stance ultimately led to his defection in 1990. He has appeared regularly on TV and radio in the UK (Have I Got News For You, Saturday Night Clive, After Dark, Start the Week), was a writer/researcher for QI and has contributed to newspapers and magazines all over the world. He is the author of thirteen books, including cult classics such as Dreams on Hitler’s Couch and Borders Up. He now lives in Hertfordshire.

Vitali has recently won the Gold TABBIE Award for the Best Regular Column. The judges said: "Vitali Vitaliev is a brilliant writer, with a huge depth and breadth of knowledge and is on top of his game in this column format where he uses his storytelling skills superbly. You cannot put his columns down until you have soaked up every word."

Vitali is is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Literary Fund.

‘Vitali Vitaliev is a star in the making.’ TIME MAGAZINE

‘Vitaliev has an irrepressible sense of humour.’ THE GUARDIAN

‘With the charm of Michael Palin, the wit of Clive Anderson, this man is adorable.’ TIME OUT

‘Vitali Vitaliev is that rare thing: a comic writer who is also serious... He is a great traveling companion.’ DOUGLAS KENNEDY

‘Vitaliev transcends his genre, producing a new travel writing of the soul, a journey with lessons about what really matters in life. That makes it literature.’ LITERARY REVIEW

‘Vitaliev is a genial companion. His tone is immensely likeable... I was sorry when the journey ended, and wanted to start the rolling, rocking ride all over again.’ INDEPENDENT

Read some of Vitali's articles:

My Friend Peter Ustinov

At home in the (almost) unchanged world of 18th-century Russia

View from Vitalia: Corona wines versus Coronavirus

Migrants of the Caribbean

After All: Flying adventures of a piece of civilian ‘self-loading freight’

Listen to Vitali's radio program about traveling to Budapest for dental work

Listen to a talk given by Vitali at the Russkiy Mir Bookshop in October 2011

Read Vitali's Wikipedia entry