Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences

The Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences is an integral part of the Historical and Philological Studies Department of RAS. It is a unique Russian academic institution focused on comprehensive studies on Slavic history, culture, literature and languages. The Institute carries on traditions of the Russian Slavic scholars evolving through the last two centuries.

The Institute was established in January 1947 with the direct involvement of such distinguished figures in Slavistics as academicians B. D. Grekov and V. I. Picheta. Amongst the members of the Institute were academicians J. V. Bromley, N. S. Derzhavin, V. A. Dybo, Vyach. Vs. Ivanov, G. G. Litavrin, D. F. Markov, L. V. Milov, S. P. Obnorsky, J. A. Pisarev, M. N. Tikhomirov, N. I. Tolstoy, V. N. Toporov, O. N. Trubachev, associates T. M. Nikolaeva, P. N. Tretyakov, Z. V. Udaltsova, V. K. Volkov and A. A. Zaliznyak; the academician of Russian Academy of Education S. O. Shmidt.

From October 1968 to December 1997 the Institute was known as the Institute of Slavic and Balkan Studies. Since June 1, 2008 the Institute is officially referred to as the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Slavic Studies.

At present the Institute is headed by K. V. Nikiforov, doctor of Historical Sciences. Amongst the members of the Institute are academicians of RAS A. A. GippiusS. M. Tolstaja, associates of RAS B. N. Florya, S.A. Myznikov.

More than 170 research scientists including about 70 doctors of Science and more than 70 masters of Science contribute to the successful performance of the Institute.

The Institute consists of 13 departments and 4 scientific centers.

The Institute issues its own journal Slavyanovedenie, a unique Russian scientific periodical dedicated to Slavic history, culture, literature and languages.

Principal lines of research in the Institute of Slavic Studies

  • Historical – cultural and ethnical studies of the Slavs and their neighbours. Ethnogenesis of the Slavs.
  • Research and maintenance of cultural traditions. Slavic booklore. Archive heritage of Slavic scholars. History of Slavic Studies.
  • Tradition and modernization. Social and national movements. Foreign affairs and military conflicts in the Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe.
  • Reception of the Russian culture by Slavic cultures and reception of Slavic cultures by Russia.
  • Comparative study of Slavic culture, literature and folklore.
  • Typological, contrastive and comparative study of Ancient and Modern Slavic, Balkan and Baltic languages and dialects. Ethnolinguistics.

Address of the Institute of Slavic Studies RAS

119334 Moscow, Leninsky Prospect, build. 32-А

Phone: +7 (495) 938-17-80 (administrative office)

Fax: +7 (495) 938-00-96

To enter the building of RAS you are required to order a pass and have a passport to show.


Konstantin V. Nikiforov
+7 (495) 938-17-80

Elena S. Uzeneva
Deputy Director for Scientific work (Philological departments)
+7 (495) 938-19-01

Olga V. Khavanova
Deputy Director for Scientific work (Historical departments)
+7 (495) 938-18-94

Nikita S. Gusev
Academic Secretary
+7 (495) 938-17-96

The website of the Institute of Slavic studies was launched in 2005, redesigned in 2009 and 2017. It regularly places the news and reports on the Institute performance, including the announces of new publications, information on conferences, theses defenses and other events. In 2010 the website introduced the Digital Library to encourage the visitors to read and download materials published by the Institute.

From the date of its foundation the Institute provides the applicants with postgraduate studies. According to the license issued by the Federal Education and Science Supervision Agency, the Institute is entitled to carry on educational activities on postgraduate professional studies with following specialization: «General History» (specialization no. 07.00.03), «Literature of foreign countries» (10.01.03) and «Slavic languages» (10.02.03).