Vitas in 2011, photo by Paha_L/

Birth Name: Vitaly Vladasovich Grachev

Place of Birth: Daugavpils, Latvian SSR (now Latvia)

Date of Birth: 19 February, 1979

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (paternal grandfather), Russian, possibly Latvian and other

Vitas is a Latvian-born Ukrainian-Russian singer, songwriter, and actor. He is also known as Vitalik and Vitas.

He is the son of Lilia Mihailovna Gracheva and Vladas Arkadevich Grachev. He was raised in Odessa, Ukraine.

According to a Yandex article, Vitas’s paternal grandfather, Arkadiy Davidovich Marantzman, was Jewish, due to his surname. Arkadiy was born in Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Ukraine).

The same article mentions Vitas’s grandmother was of Latvian descent. It is not publicly known who Vitas’s grandmother is.


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