DSc in Philology
Professor of the Department of Russian Philology, Szeged University (Hungary)


graduated from the Department of Foreign Languages, Vladimir Pedagogical University (1972)

graduated from the Philology Department, University of Budapest (1981)

graduated from the Paris Theological Institute (1993)

PhD thesis:

The image-Icon as an Ideological and Formative Principle of Old Russian Culture and Literature (1992)

DSc (Habil.) thesis:
Icon in Russian Literature (2006)



Research interests: Old Russian literature, literature of the 19th century, theology of icons, mutual influence and relationships between Russian icon painting and Russian literature.

Professional Service

In the period from 2005 to 2013 organized 9 international scientific conferences, first at the Publishing Council of the Moscow Patriarchate, then at the House of the Russian Diaspora in Moscow under the title “Iconology and Iconicity,” later “Icon in Russian Literature and Culture.”


Member of the Union of Writers of Russia.


Academic publications — over 200, including 20 monographs.

Selected publications


  • Icon in Russian Literature of the 19th–20th Centuries. Szeged, JATEPress Publ., 2015. 355 p. (In Russ.)
  • The Legend of the Miraculous Icons in Old Russian Literature. Moscow, Palomnik Publ., 2012. 287 p. (In Russ.)
  • Golden Age of Legends on the Miraculous Icons. Moscow, Palomnik Publ., 2008. 317 p. (In Russ.)
  • Image of the Icon Painter in Russian Literature of the 11th–20th Centuries. Moscow, Russkii put' Publ., 2005. 472 p. (In Russ.)
  • Icon and Iconicity. Szeged, JATEPress Publ., 2000. 373 p. (In Russ.)

Selected Essays

  • “Konon (Konstantin) Ugrin: Legend or History?” Hermeneutics of Old Russian Literature, issue 21. Ed.-in-chief O.A. Tufanova. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2022, pp. 330–342. (In Russ.) https://doi.org/10.22455/HORL.1607-6192-2022-21-330-3 
  • “Three-Handed Theotokos Icon: the Mystery of the Third Hand.” Hermeneutics of Old Russian Literature, issue 19. Мoscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2020, pp. 526–573. (In Russ.)
  • “Az állatábrázolások sajátosságai az ikonokon és a freskókon.” Állati jelek, képek és terek. Szeged, 2018, pp. 57–74. (In Hungarian)
  • “A hatalom megjelenítése az ikonfestészetben.” A hatalom jelei, képei és terei. Szegedi Egyetemi Kiadó, Juhász Gyula Felsőoktatási Kiadó. Szeged, Magyarország, 2016, pp. 141–153. (In Hungarian)
  • “‘Tale of Woe and Misfortune’: Problems of Space, Time and Composition.” Ikona v russkoi slovesnosti i kul'ture. Sbornik statei. Moscow, Palomnik Publ., 2012, pp. 391–421. (In Russ.)
  • “Ecphrasis in Russian Literature: the Experience of Classification.” Vizualizatsiia literatury. Belgrade, Izdatel'stvo Filologicheskogo fakul'teta v Belgrade Publ., 2012, pp. 7–31. (In Russ.)
  • “Russian Icon Painting of the 17th Century: Development or Crisis?” Dukhovnye nachala russkogo iskusstva i prosveshcheniia: Materialy XII Mezhdunar. nauchn. konf. Velikiy Novgorod, Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University Publ., 2012, pp. 95–105. (In Russ.)
  • “Osobitosti u shvacanju hrane i posta u „Posnom Triodu” i ruskoj knjizevnosti.” Hrana: od gladi do prejedanja, red. Jasmina Vojvodic. Zagreb, Disput, 2010, pp. 19–37. (In Croatian)
  • “Types of Ecphrasis in the Work of Dostoevsky.” F.M. Dostoevsky in the Context of Cultural Dialogues. Edited by Katalin Kroó and Tünde Szabó. Budapest, 2009, pp. 315–322. (In Russ.)
  • “Features of the Composition ‘Tale of Woe and Misfortune’.” Studia Slavica Savariensia. VIII. Nemzetközi Szlavisztikai Napok. Szombathely, no. 1–2, 2007, pp. 271–286. (In Russ.)
  • “Basic Types of Correlation between Text and Icon, between Verbal and Visuel Icons.” An International Journal of Religion, Theory and Culture, Literature and Theology, vol. 20, no. 1, March, 2006, pp. 20–30. (In English)
  • “Aionotopos dans la littérature russe.” Serta Musarum. Essays in Honor of István Fried. Szeged, 2006, pp. 49–58. (In French)
  • “Color, Light and Paint in Verses of Simeon Polotsky.” Dissertationes Slavicae XXV. Szeged, 2001, pp. 45–64. (In Russ.)
  •  “Some Features of the Poetic Language of Simeon of Polotsky.” Studia Russica. XVIII. Budapest, 2000. (In Russ.)


Full list of works in the author’s profile on http://lepahin.com/


Lecture courses on Russian literature and iconology at the University of Szeged.