DSc in Philology, Professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

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PhD thesis:

Traditions of Russian folklore in the poetics of Nikolai Gogol's “Dead Souls” (1985)

DSc thesis:

Nikolai Gogol in the last decade of his life: new aspects of biography and creative work (1997)

Education and training, internships:

Graduated from Philological Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Scientific and organisational activities:

Member of the Union of Writers of Russia.

Member of the Russian Science Foundation (RSF)

Member of the Expert Council on Philology and Art History of the Russian Foundation for the Humanities

Member of the Scientific Council of Memorial Centre “Nikolai Gogol House”.

Chairman of Gogol Commission at the Scientific Council “History of World Culture” RAS.

Member of the Editorial Board of Nikolai Gogol studies centre (Hohol Nizhyn State University; Shevchenko Institute of Literature of National Academy of Sciences of the Ukraine, Nizhyn).

Member of the editorial board of Gorky IWL RAS scientific journal “Two Centuries of the Russian Classics”.

Member of the Editorial Board of the journal “Nová filologická revue” (Slovakia)

Member of the editorial board of the journal “Russian Literature”.

Member of the editorial board of the scientific journal “Russo-Byzantine Herald”

Member of the editorial board of the journal “Bulletin of Moscow State Regional University. Series: Russian Philology”

Member of the editorial board of the journal “Orthodox Pilgrim” (Pilgrim Centre of the Moscow Patriarchate).


1999 – Pushkin Gold Medal in the Literature and Publicism category.

2009 – Gogol Commemorative Jubilee Medal.

2009 – Laureate of the All-Russia historical and literary award “Alexander Nevsky”.

2009 – National Award “The best books and publishers of the year”.

2010 – The Order of Venerable Nestor the Chronicler of the first degree of the Orthodox Church of the Ukraine (Moscow Patriarchate).

2010 – Patriarchal diploma.

2015 – Eduard Volodin Imperial Culture Prize in the category “Literary Studies” for the book “Once upon a Time Nikolai Gogol...”.

2015 – Letter of Commendation named after the Saints Cyril and Methodius (equal-to-the-apostles) Patriarchal Prize in Literature.

2017 – “Golden Knight” Awards.

2020 – The 15th open publication competition “Enlightenment through Books”.

2020 – Mikhail Lomonosov Award for scholarly works.

Diploma “The Best Philologist of the Year” Philological Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Certificate of Merit and Diploma from the Publishing Council of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Certificate of Merit and Diploma of Saint Tikhon's Orthodox University of Humanities.


Selected scientific publications:


  • There’s no door but the one…: of Nikolai Gogol and not only him. Moscow: Dar Publ,. 448 p. (In Russ.)
  • Nikolai Gogol: Experiencing spiritual biography. Moscow, Palomnik Publ., 2014. 333 p. (In Russ.)
  • Nikolai Gogol over the pages of spiritual books: popular science essays. Moscow: Prize Foundation in memoriam Macarius (Bulgakov), Metropolitan of Moscow & Kolomna, 2002. 205 p. (In Russ.)
  • Nikolai Gogol: life and creative work. Textbook for teachers, higher school students and entrants. Moscow, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004. (In Russ.)
  • Spiritually, a broken-hearted monk... Nikolai Gogol’s life and creative work in the light of Orthodoxy. Moscow, publishing house “Moscow Worker”, 1994. 159 p. (In Russ.)

Web of Science / Scopus publications

Nikolai Gogol's worldviews and poetics in the literary criticism of the Russian emigration (1921–2018). The Problems of Historical Poetics, vol. 18, no. 4, 2020, pp. 138–163. DOI https://orcid.org/10.15393/j9.art.2020.8522 (In Russ.)


  • “Apollon Grigoriev and Nikolai Gogol.” Russian literature, no. 1,  2023, pp. 4349. (In Russ.)
  • “‘Let All This Be for Edification’. To the History of the Idea of ‘Reflections on the Divine Liturgy’ N.V. Gogol.” Dukhovno-nravstvennoe vospitanie, no. 1, 2023, pp. 311. (In Russ.)
  • “Dialogue About the Soul and the Spiritual: N.V. Gogol and St. Ignatius (Bryanchaninov).” Culture and Text, no. 2 (49), 2022, pp. 1823. (In Russ.)
  • “Don't blame the mirror …”, Or what Nikolai Gogol laughed at. On the 185th anniversary of the premiere of “The Government Inspector” in the National Drama Theatre of Russia. Orthodox Book Review, vol. 114, no. 4, 2021, pp. 44–52. (In Russ.)
  • Gogol and Pushkin on faith and the Russian state. Culture and Text, vol. 2, no. 45, 2021, pp. 68–76. (In Russ.)
  • Blessing of the sanctifier. Archbishop Innocent of Tauris and Nikolai Gogol. Orthodox Book Review, no. 12, 2020, pp. 28–35. (In Russ.)
  • Nikolai Gogol as a political thinker. Two Centuries of the Russian Classics, vol. 2, no. 4, 2020, pp. 74–85. DOI https://doi.org/10.22455/2686-7494-2020-2-4-74-85 (In Russ.)
  • Spiritual Vs. mental. Saint Ignatius (Brianchaninov) and Nikolai Gogol. Orthodox Book Review, no. 4, 2020, pp. 40–45. (In Russ.)
  • “Even so, come, Lord Jesus”: the mystery of the Nikolai Gogol's death in the light of his church worldview. Russo-Byzantine Herald, vol. 2, no. 1, 2019, pp. 244–288. (In Russ.)
  • “Intellectual, no doubt about it”: Nikolai Gogol about Ivan Krylov. Russian Literature, no. 4, 2019, pp. 7–14. (In Russ.)
  • Part two. Nikolai Gogol's spiritual father. “You know my soul more than I know myself” Nikolai Gogol and archpriest Matthew Rzhevsky. Stephanos, no. 2(34), 2019, pp. 55–80. (In Russ.)
  • Nikolai Gogol’s spiritual father. Part I. Ioann Kronstadtsky Rzhevskogo Uezda. Archpriest Matthew Konstantinovsky. Stephanos, no. 1(33), 2019, pp. 62–77. (In Russ.)
  • “Ladder” of St. John of Sinai in the life and work of N. V. Gogol. Russian Speech, no. 6, 2018, pp. 101–108. (In Russ.)
  • N.V. Gogol and the Patristic tradition. Moscow University Philology Bulletin, no. 5, 2017, pp. 9–20. (In Russ.)
  • The mystery of the great poem. To the 175th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of “Dead Souls”. Literature at School, no. 12, 2017, pp. 2–4. (In Russ.)

Teaching activities:

Professor at Lomonosov Moscow State University since 2008.