Lazar Borisovich Prakhin was born in the city of Kharkov, Ukraine.
After performing his military service in the signal corps, Lazar Prakhin graduated from the School of Mechanical Engineering of the Far East Polytechnic Institute. He held a variety of engineering positions at the Primorsky Mining and Chemical Plant (the BOR corporation), and later at the Phosphorite ore enriching plant in Kingisepp. Prakhin was appointed division head for the Leningrad State Institute for the Design of Chemical Processing Facilities, where he supervised the construction of chemical plants. He was then appointed division head for the Leningrad State Institute for the Design of Chemical Processing Facilities, where he supervised the construction of chemical plants.
Lazar Prakhin made repeated sails in the Sea of Japan from Tetyukhe (now Dalnegorsk) to Posyet Bay on sloops. He received training in seamanship at the Ugolyok boating club in Donetsk and was awarded the qualification of Captain-Yachtsman.
While at the BOR corporation, Prakhin also organized a club for marine enthusiasts and in Kingisepp he organized a boating club.
In 1971 Lazar Prakhin headed an east-west transcontinental expedition across Russia from Tetyukhe to Leningrad. As a crewmember of the Adelie and the Argo he sailed the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and Chudskoe Lake. He competed several times for the Black Sea Cup.
In 1977 Prakhin made a joint voyage with the renowned master mariner and decorated Soviet outdoorsman Anatoly Yantselevich on an inflatable boat, Pelican, following the route Yeniseisk ─ Kolpashevo ─ Khanty-Mansiisk ─ Tyumen ─ Perm. Sailing the PEZ-3 on Chudskoe Lake, he competed numerous times for the Aurora Prize.
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In 1993, under circumstances that are still unclear, Lazar Prakhin perished on his yacht Fairy in the Gulf of Finland.
He is buried in Kingisepp. His tombstone reads, "The truth is in the sea."