To add to what Dmitry already said, this name is most likely ultimately of German origin. In German the last syllable would be pronounced "ai", like "i" in "mine", but in Russian it is "ei", like "a" in "state". If you are speaking English, you better pronounce it how other speakers of English do, of which, I frankly have no idea, unless Dmitry gave you English (American? ) pronunciation already.
It is definately not russian originated last name. I think it reads as written, with stress on last 'e', as Dima said, yet, Mapraputa may be right, americans tend to pronounce names their own way, and when you say it correctly they cannot repeat it
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It is definately not russian originated last name.
He's a Jewish guy, I guess. He lives and works in Moscow, Russia. Here is his page (in Russian) with a list of publications. The 9-th bullet from the top is the one describing the famous "Levenstein distance".
V. I. Levenshtein. Binary codes capable of correcting deletions, insertions and reversals. Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR 163(4) p845-848, 1965, also Soviet Physics Doklady 10(8) p707-710, Feb 1966. [ August 24, 2004: Message edited by: Dmitry Melnik ]