Roitman, born in Yerevan in 1943, graduated from the Law Faculty of Kyiv University and worked as a lawyer. He left the Soviet Union in 1973, and worked as a commentator for Radio Liberty in New York, Munich, and Prague, hosting radio programs. His signature programs were “Lawyer’s Notes,” “The Soviet Union: Affairs, Problems, And Judgments,” “Facts And Opinions,” and “Commentators At The Round Table.”
During his years in Munich, Roitman founded The Roitman Verlag Publishing House, which produced German translations of such Russian authors as Sergei Yuryenen, Yulia Voznesenskaya, and Mikhail Epstein. He co-authored the book Sakhalin: Order To Kill, a journalistic investigation of the airline disaster in 1983 when Soviet air defenses shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007 en route from New York to Seoul via Anchorage, Alaska.
A funeral for Roitman took place on January 20 in Prague.