Leonid Roshal


Roshal in 2019

Leonid Mikhailovich Roshal (born April 27, 1933 in Livny) is a noted pediatrician from Moscow, Russia, expert for the World Health Organization, and chairman of International Charity Fund to Help Children in Disasters and Wars.[1]


Roshal was born in the village of Livny, Oryol Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. His mother, Emma, came from a Jewish family in what is today Ukraine. His father, Mikhail, was a fighter jet pilot.[2]

Roshal has been leading the Emergency Surgery & Children's Trauma Department of Moscow's Pediatric Scientific Research Institute since 1981. In 2003, he also took over the Moscow Institute of Emergency Children's Surgery & Traumatology, which is currently treating 60,000 children a year.

Dr. Roshal negotiated with Chechen terrorists during the Moscow theater hostage crisis in 2002. He also served as a negotiator in the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis, working for the release of children and trying to convince the hostage-takers to allow the hostages to have food and water. After the events in the Beslan crisis played out, he also served as the advisor to the medical teams that had to treat burn wounds on hundreds of children.

Since 2005 he is a member of the Public Chamber of Russia. He is also a member of the Presidential Commission on Human Rights.


Roshal publicly spoke out against the war in Chechnya and the arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky. In February 2006 he criticized the Mothers of Beslan for "judging the state rather than the terrorists" at a trial of one of the Beslan hostage takers.

Dr. Roshal is an outspoken homophobe. In 2013, during press conference answering the question about his views on the Russian gay propaganda law discussed by the Russian parliament back then he said "I'll be short: I hate gays and everything about it".[3]



  1. ^ Международный благотворительный Фонд помощи детям при катастрофах и войнах (in Russian)
  2. ^ "Рошаль, Леонид Михайлович - ПЕРСОНА ТАСС".
  3. ^ "Леонид Рошаль признался, что ненавидит геев ('Leonid Roshal admitted that he hates gays')". Metro International. Retrieved 12 August 2019. (in Russian)

External links

  • Businessweek "2005 Stars of Europe" Article
  • The last witness. What doctor Roshal's insult was to Mothers of Beslan, Novye Izvestia, February 13, 2006. Machine-translated by www.online-translator.com. Last accessed August 5, 2006.