Academic Councilor of the IOM RAS Doctor of Sciences (equiv. Habilitation) - History
Born in 1935 in Kievets village, the Novgorod district. In December 1944, moved to Leningrad with her family.
In 1958, graduated from Leningrad State University, the Faculty of Oriental Studies, the Department of The History of Near and Middle Eastern Countries. From 1958 up to 2016, worked at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts (former the Leningrad/St Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies).
In 1977, defended the PhD Dissertation. In 1992, was given the Habilitation degree for the book South Eastern Kurdistan [Юго-Восточный Курдистан].
Major research interests: the history of Kurds and Kurdistan from the Middle Ages to Modern Times.
On October 10–11, 2019, the International Conference The Intellectual Traditions of Ismailis and Sufis. In a memory of W. A. Ivanow (1886–1970) will be held by the IOM RAS in cooperation with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London.