The article is devoted to the first publication of the Sogdian fragment SI 5704
from the Serindia Collection at the IOM, RAS. The fragment contains an excerpt from
the popular fable of the turtle and the two birds, widely known in the folklore and literature
of different nations.
At the IOM RAS Department of Middle Eastern and Near Eastern Studies, the monograph by A.G. Grushevoy The Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society under auspices of A.A. Dmitrievsky in 1907-1917 will be discussed.