Source: Summary of information gathered by Mikhail Roshchin, Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Federation (2010).
Oriental studies at Moscow University started as early as the 1750s. The Institute of Asian and African Studies is the leading Russian centre for training specialists in oriental studies in general and in studies of countries and regions of Asia and Africa.
The Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences is Russia‘s leading research institution for the study of the countries and cultures of Asia and North Africa. The Institute is located in Moscow. It was formerly in Saint Petersburg, but in 2007 the Saint Petersburg branch was reorganized into a separate Institute of Oriental Manuscripts.
- Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology
Leninsky Prospect, 32A, Moscow
The Institute is part of the history branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It was established in the Soviet Union by amalgamation of the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography and the Institute for the Study of Ethnic Groups of the USSR in autumn 1933.
The institute has its own library, archives and museum.
Countries and fields studied
Central Asia, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, other countries of South-East Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, the republic of Korea, Japan, Oceania.
Anthropology, social and medical ethnology, ethnosociology, ethno-ecology, cross-cultural psychology, culture, political sciences, religion.
An electronic publication: www.ethnonet.ru
“Races and people” is a magazine that is published regularly. The last one appeared in 2006.
- GORKY Institute of World Literature
Povarkaya, 25A, Moscow
The Institute is part of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It was founded in 1932 for the 40th anniversary of Maxim Gorky’s literary activity.
The department of Asian and African literature was founded in 1975-76.
The Institute is considered the most important Russian centre in literature studies. The personnel comprises 209 researchers, with 39 PhD students.
- Institute of Linguistics
Bolchoi Kislovsky Pereoulok, 1/12 Moscow
The Institute is part of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It was founded in 1950 in Moscow. The staff comprises 103 researchers, with 25 PhD students.
The Institute is considered an essential linguistic study centre.
- Institute of Practical Oriental Studies
Nahimovsky Prospeckt, 32 Moscow
This nongovernmental institution of higher education, which is part of the Academy of Pacific Region Countries, was founded in 1993. It was initiated on a decision of the Academic Council of the Institute of Asian and African Studies of Moscow State University to meet the growing demand for orientalists with training in practical rather than purely scientific areas.
There are 65 professors and 268 students.
The countries studied are: all the Arabic countries, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, other countries of South-East Asia, Malaysia, the Philippines, China, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Taiwan.
The fields studied are history, linguistics, culture and politics.
- Institute of Oriental Studies
Rozhdestvenka, 12 Moscou
The Institute was established during the time of the Soviet Union and was situated in Saint Petersburg. In 1950, the Institute was transferred to Moscow and is now known as the main centre of oriental studies in Russia. The Saint Petersburg branch still exists, to which, since 2009, the Institute for Oriental Manuscripts is attached.
There are 388 researchers and 50 PhD students.
The countries studied are: all the Arabic countries, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, other countries of South-East Asia, Malaysia, the Philippines, China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and other countries of Oceania.
The fields studied are: history, philology, linguistics, economy, culture and politics.
- ORIENTAL UNIVERSITY
Rozhdestvenka, 12, Moscou
The University was founded in 1994 in Moscow. It is a branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, and many professors at the University are also researchers at the Institute.
There are 72 professors and 203 students.
The countries and areas studied are: the Far East, Australia and other parts of Oceania, South and South-East Asia, Iran and the Arabic world.