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, following months of persecution by the KGB. 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 eleven 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."

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

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