DSc in Philology

Head of the Folklore Department,



Graduated from the Philology Department, Far Eastern State University, Vladivostok in 1985;

Postgraduate studies at the Institute for Slavic and Balkan studies, USSR Academy of Sciences (1987–1991);

Habilitation of the A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of RAS (1996–2000)

PhD thesis:

Spells of the Eastern and Southern Slavs: Systematization of the Narrative Elements (1994)

DSc (Habil.) thesis:

Plots of the Charms and Spells of the Slavs and Indigenous Peoples of Siberia in Comparative (Inter-Slavic and Slavic-Siberian) Perspective (2001)

Research interests: Russian and Slavic folklore; folklore of the indigenous peoples of Siberia; Russian, Belarussian, Udmurt, Telengit, Buryat, Tatar, Besserman, Karelian, Komi-Permyak, Ulchi, Evenk, Chinese, and Australian indigenous folklore.

Professional service

Editor-in-Chief, academic almanac Traditional culture

Member of the Editorial Board, Studia Litterarum (since 1 October 2018)


Academic publications — over 100 publications, including 4 monographs.

Selected publications


  • “Russian Three Rivers” of Manchuria. Essays on Folklore and Traditional Culture. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2015. 384 p. In Russ.
  • Folk Singing of Russkoustintsy in Yakutia and Baikal Region: The Study of Life in the Alien Ethnic Environment. Kursk, ROSI Publ., 2006. 183 p. (Co-authored with S.V. Supryaga). In Russ.
  • Plots of the Charms and Spells of the Slavs and Indigenous Peoples of Siberia in Comparative (Inter-Slavic and Slavic-Siberian) Perspective. Moscow, Heritage Publ., 2000. 191 p. In Russ.

Documentary video

  • Baba Evga — a Priest in the Village of Ukyr (1998)
  • Tales of  Grandmother Agafia (2003)
  • “Three-rivers... The Russian world of China” (2016)

Video materials on traditional culture and folklore 

  • Christmas Games of the Youth at the Village Ukir (Zabaykalsky Region) (1994)
  • “Cordovan” of the Kurumkan Taiga (2005)
  • Bimli. Australian etude 1

Audio and multimedia projects

  • Audio CD “Songs of the Ukyt family” (2001)
  • Reference and bibliographic CD “Traditional Culture of the Old Believers in the Zabaikalie Area, 1761–2000” (2001)

Selected essays 

  • “The Bulgarian Taiga of Komi in Naive Cinema and Poetry.” Tradicionnaya Kul'tura, vol. 22, no. 2, 2021, pp. 122–133. DOI: 10.26158/TK.2021.22.2.010. In Russ.
  • “Anniversary.” Tradicionnaya Kul'tura, vol. 21, no. 4, 2020, pp. 11–20. DOI: 10.26158/TK.2020.21.4.001. In Russ.
  • “Can a ‛Chinese’ Ferret Possess a Russian? (On the Transformation of Chinese Stories in the Folk Traditions of the Russian-Chinese in the Three Rivers Area (China)).” The World of Animals in Mythopoetic Perspective. Vicenza, Moscow, 2017, pp. 268–272. In Russ.
  • “A ‛Tale’ of a Man and a She-Bear Living Together in the Three Rivers Area Russian Folklore (China).” Tradicionnaya Kul'tura, nо. 3 (67), 2017, pp. 8–19. (Co-authored with A.A. Ostrovskaya). In Russ.
  • “Chinese Prayer Chant to the Goddess of Fertility.” Studia Litterarum, vol. 2, nо. 4, 2017, pp. 290–325. (Co-authored with V. Zakharova, L.P. Machova). In Russ.
  • “‛Do You Want to Marry Me? You need to Buy a Dress for Me!’ (About a Family Legend of the Russian-Chinese in the Three Rivers Area: (China)).” Tradicionnaya Kul'tura, nо. 3 (63), 2016, pp. 88–98. In Russ.
  • “A Little Thing in the Myths of the Russian Population in Priargunya.” Tradicionnaya Kul'tura, nо. 4, 2016, pp. 123–134. In Russ.
  • “On the Traditional Custom of the Russian Wedding ‛Big Priargunya’.” Tradicionnaya Kul'tura, nо. 4 (60), 2015, pp. 9–17. In Russ.
  • “A ‛Living’ Stone in the Spells of Slavic and Indigenous Peoples of Siberia.” Living Stone: from Nature to Culture. Moscow, 2015, pp. 146–153. In Russ.

Scopus, Web of Science

  • “Evenks in Documentary Films of the 1920s–1980s: Soviet Biography of a Nation.” Etnograficheskoe obozrenie, no. 5, 2023, pp. 99–110. In Russ. https://doi.org/10.31857/S086954152305007X
  • “Biographies of Evenks of Northern Buryatia (Based on the Materials of A. S. Shubin).” Traditional Culture, vol. 23, no. 4, 2022, pp. 160–169. In Russ. https://doi.org/10.26158/TK.2022.23.4.013
  • “Russian Cemeteries in the Ergun City District (China): At the Intersection of Traditions.” Traditional Culture, vol. 23, no. 2, 2022, pp. 80–95. In Russ. https://doi.org/10.26158/TK.2022.23.2.007
  • “The Plot ATU/SUS 931 (‛Oedipus’ / ‛Incest’) in the Oral Literacy of the Transbaikal Russian-Chinese Borderland.” Studia Litterarum, vol. 5, no. 3, 2020, pp. 308–327. DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2020-5-3-308-327. In Russ.
  • “Chastushka Texts and Couplets of Chinese Russian Ethnic Minority in North Manchuria of China.” Sibirskii filologicheskii zhurnal, no. 1, 2020, pp. 9–35. DOI: 10.17223/18137083/70/1. In Russ.
  • “Chinese Prayer Chant to the Goddess of Fertility.” Studia Litterarum, vol. 2, no. 4, 2017, pp. 290–325. DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2017-2-4-290-325. In Russ.


Teaching experience

Professor at the Educational and Research Center of Social Anthropology, Russian State University for the Humanities.

Member of the Dissertation Council D 501.001.26. Lomonosov Moscow State University.