Head of the Section of Middle Eastern Studies at the IOM RAS Doctor of Sciences (equiv. Habilitation) - Philology
Born on June 11, 1948, in Aktyubinsk, Kazakhstan, the USSR.
In 1974, graduated from Leningrad State University, the Faculty of Oriental Studies.
In 1982, defended the PhD Dissertation, The Book of Deeds of Ardashir Papakan. The Source Study [Книга деяний Ардашира Папакана (источниковедческое исследование)]. In 1998, defended the Habilitation Dissertation, Pehlevi Zoroastrian Literature. Typological Analysis [Пехлевийская зороастрийская литература (типологический анализ)].
From 1978 up to present, works at the Leningrad/St Petersburg Institute of Oriental Studies / the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts RAS, a leading researcher.
From 2000 up to present, a professor at St Petersburg State University, the Faculty of Oriental Studies.
Major research interests: Old and Middle Iranian languages, Book Pahlavi, Manichaean Middle Persian, Pahlavi literature, Manichaean Middle Persian and Parthian texts.