Born on September 29, 1986, in Shelekhov, Irkutsk region.
In 2002-2007, studied at Irkutsk State Linguistic University, the Department of Oriental Languages. In 2007, got honours degree in linguistics and theory of translation (Japanese and English) and then entered the PhD program of the St Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental studies, RAS. His PhD dissertation was entitled Hayashi Shihei’s “Kaikoku Heidan” as a significant military and political treatise of the Edo period (1603-1867), supervised by Dr. Vadim Klimov.
November 2010 - May 2013 - Junior Researcher, Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Department of Far Eastern Studies.
From June 2013 up to January 2016 - Researcher, Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Department of Far Eastern Studies.
From January 2016 up to present - Senior Researcher, Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Department of Far Eastern Studies.
From September 2011 - Teaching Assistant, St. Petersburg University, Faculty of Asian and African Studies, Department of Japanese Studies.
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He took part annually in a number of conferences such as Annual Institute sessions of the IOM RAS (2008-2012), Kuner Readings at the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, RAS (2008-2013), “History and Culture of Japan” at the Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow (2009-2013). In October, 2012 participated in preparing and carrying “Nikolai A. Nevsky: the commemorative symposium” marking the 120th anniversary of the birth of Nikolai A. Nevsky.
In January, 2012 took a short-term training at Hokkaido University (Japan). In February and March, 2013 took part in Japan Foundation support program for young researchers from Russia. In 2013-2014 - visiting researcher at Hokkaido University Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies. In 2011-2014 participated in a joint project of IOM RAS and Hokkaido University Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies on comparative study of manuscripts “Higashi ezo iko” (from the collection of IOM RAS) and “Ezo seikei zusetsu” (from the collection of Tokyo University).
Winner of the Association of Japanese Studies Award for the best research publication about Japan (category “History”, 1st award)
Major research interests: Japanese history, history of Russia-Japan relations, history of Japan’s foreign policy, history and culture of Ainu, history of Hokkaido, Sakhalin and Kuril islands.
Shchepkin V. V. Creating a minority: the views of Japanese intellectuals and Japan’s policy towards Ainu in the 18th and 19th centuries // Russian Japanology Review, 2019. Vol. 2 (No. 1). P. 128–140.
Shchepkin V. V., Kartashov K. M. Ritual and Law: Reception of Adam Laxman’s expedition in Japan // Russian Japanology Review. Vol. 1. Moscow: «AIRO-XXI», 2018. P. 149–158.
Shchepkin V.V. Wind from the North. Russia and Ainu in 18th century Japan / Ed. by V.E.Molodykov. Moscow: Krug, 2017. 392 p. (Novye issledovaniya po yaponskoy kul'ture, Vol. 4.)
Shchepkin V. The Manuscript Nijūgokoku chūka chikyū no zu (“Pictures of the Peoples of Twenty Five Countries with Maps of China and the World”) in the IOM, RAS Collection // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(3), 2016. P. 3–20.// Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(3), 2016. P. 106–110.
Shchepkin V. Russo-Japanese Relations // Russian Round-the-world Voyages. From Krusenstern to the "Sedov". St Petersburg: Kriga Publishers 2013. P. 184-185.