DSc in Philology,

Leading Researcher,

Department of Old Slavic Literatures, IWL RAS

Education: graduated from the School of Philology, Lomonosov Moscow State University (1981)

PhD thesis: Publicistic Motives in “Tikhvin legend” – Old Russian Literature of the Late 15th–16th Centuries (Specialization 10.01.01 – Russian Literature, 1988). Official opponents — Doctor Habil. R.P. Dmitrieva, PhD V.P. Grebenyuk. Leading organization — A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

DSc (Habil.) thesis: Poetics of Allegories in Old Russian Literature (Symbolism of Numbers: its Originality and Forms) (Specialization 10.01.01 – Russian Literature, 2001). Official opponents — Doctor Habil. V.P. Grebenyuk, Doctor Habil. S.N. Travnikov, Doctor Habil. I.V. Levochkin. Leading organization — Institute for Slavic and Balcan Studies of the RAS.

Researcher ID : T-7623-2017


Research interests: textual study, poetics, hermeneutics, symbolism of old Russian literature, hagiography, the literary tradition of the Venerable Sergius of Radonezh, the Nobleborn prince Vladimir Svyatoslavich, the miraculous Mother of God icons, the Western theme in old Russian literary tradition.

Professional Service

Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Old Russia. The Questions of Middle Ages (Moscow)

Member of the Editorial Board of the Serial Scientific Edition Hermeneutics of Old Russian Literature

Member of the Editorial Board of the scientific periodical of Moscow Theological Academy Bogoslovskij Vestnik



  • Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh of the Third Degree (2001)
  • Order of St. Macarius, Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia of the Third Degree For spiritual enlightenment (2006)
  • Order of the Holy Prince Daniel of Moscow of the Third Degree (2011)
  • Medal of St. Cyril of Turov of the Belarusian Orthodox Church (2006)
  • Commemorative medal 100 years of the Slavic movement on the lands of Belarus. 1909–2009.
  • Jubilee Medal of the Russian Orthodox Church In memory of the 1000th anniversary of the death of Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Prince Vladimir (2015)


Academic publications — about 200, including 7 monographs and edited collections.

Selected publications


  • In Search of Meaning: the Experience of Interpreting the Monuments of Ancient Russian Literature. Moscow, Izdatel'skii Dom IaSK Publ., 2022. 370 p. (In Russ.)
  • Symbolism of Numbers in Old Russian Literature (11th–16th centuries).  St. Petersburg, Aletheia Publ., 2000. 320 p. (In Russ.)
  • The Mysterious Poetics of “The Legend of Mamayˮ. Moscow, Yazyki slavyanskoi kul'tury Publ., 2007. 104 p, (In Russ.)
  • The Legend of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God “Hodegetria”. Literary History of the text to the 17th Century. Its Content Specificity in Connection with the Epoch Culture. Texts. Moscow, Yazyki slavyanskoi kul'tury Publ., 2007. 307 p. (In Russ.)
  • The Word is Laudable on the Holy Intercession of the Most Pure Virgin and Ever-Virgin Mary. Prep. text, trans., comment., researches'. Moscow-Brussels, Conference Sainte Trinity du Patriarcate de Moscow ASBL, Sviato-Ekaterininskii muzhskoi monastyr' Publ., 2012. 144 p. (In Russ.)

Monographic collection

  • Essays on the Old Russian Literature. Materials for the History of Russian Patrology and Hagiography. Sergiev Posad, Izdatel'stvo Moskovskoi duhovnoi akademii Publ., 2012. 288 p. (In Russ.)
  • About Book Culture, Literature, Way of Life of Old Russia. Moscow, Yazyki slavyanskoj kul'tury Publ., Global Kom Publ., 2013. 293 p. (In Russ.)
  • “True Warriors of the King of Heaven”: St. Sergius of Radonezh and Joseph Volotsky in Old Russian Literature and Tradition of the Church (Collection of Historical and Philological Articles). Moscow, Izdatel'stvo Sretenskogo monastyrya Publ., 2016. 320 p. (In Russ.)

Collective works and scientific editing

  • Hermeneutics of Old Russian Literature of 10th–16th centuries, issue 3. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 1992. 478 p. (In Russ.)
  • Hermeneutics of Old Russian Literature. Issue 6. P. 1–2. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 1994. 478 p. (In Russ.)
  • Old Russia and the West. Scientific conference. Summary book. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 1996. 264 p. (In Russ.)
  • Research of Old Russian Literature: History. Philology. Source Study: Collection of Scientific articles. Moscow, Rossiiskaia Gosudarstvennaia biblioteka Publ., 2000. 198 p. (In Russ.)
  • History of Old Russian Literature. Analytical Guide. Moscow, Yazyki slavyanskikh kul'tur Publ., 2008. 820 p. (In Russ.)
  • Old Russia: the Space of the Book Word. Historical and Philological Research. Moscow, Yazyki slavyanskikh kul'tur Publ., 2015. 522 p., ill. (In Russ.)

Selected essays

  • “Holy Sepulchre through the Eyes of Old Russian Pilgrims of the 12th–17th Centuries.” Germenevtika drevnerusskoi literatury [Hermeneutics of Old Russian Literature]. Issue 21. Ed.-in-chief O.A. Tufanova. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2022, pp. 368–411. (In Russ.) 
  • “Russian Translation of the Church Slavonic Preface to the Book of the Prophet Isaiah in the Gennadiev Bible.” Slavic Bible According to the Manuscript of 1499 with a Parallel Russian Synodal Translation, vol. 5. Moscow, Izdatel'stvo Sretenskogo monastyria Publ., 2022, p. 6. (In Russ.) 
  • “Translation into Russian of the Church Slavonic Preface to the Book The Lamentation of Jeremiah in the Gennadiev Bible.” Slavic Bible According to the Manuscript of 1499 with a Parallel Russian Synodal Translation, vol. 5. Moscow, Izdatel'stvo Sretenskogo monastyria Publ., 2022, p. 286, 289. (In Russ.)
  • “Retelling of the Praise to Vladimir Svyatoslavich, Known from the “Tale of Time Years” (996), on Behalf of a Russian Scribe of the Middle XVI Century.” Sretenskoe slovo, no. 3, 2022, pp. 63–83. DOI: 10.55398/27826066_2022_3_63
  • “St. Alexander Nevsky as an Ideal Image of the Ruler in the Later Revisions of his Life.” Sretenskoe slovo, no. 1, 2022, pp. 81–104. DOI: 10.55398/27826066_2022_1_81. (In Russ.)
  • “Names of Vladimir the Great in Liturgical Texts and the Perception of his Sainthood in the 14th and 17th Centuries.” Studia Litterarum, vol. 4, no. 1, 2019, pp. 176–201. DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2019-4-1-176-201. (In Russ.)
  • “The development of ideas about the personality of the Grand Duke of Kiev Vladimir Svyatoslavich according to the evidence of panegyric and hagiographic texts of the 11th – 15th centuries.” Hermeneutics of Old Russian literature, issue 19, editor-in-chief О.А. Tufanova, ex. ed. E.A. Andreeva. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2020, pp. 285–370. DOI: 10.22455/978-5-9208-0610-9-285-370. (In Russ.)
  • “A Eulogy to the feast of the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary of an unknown Old Russian speaker: text, translation and comments.” Hermeneutics of Old Russian literature, issue 18, ex. ed. О.A. Tufanova. Мoscow, Berlin, Directmedia Publishing, 2019, pp. 370–412. DOI: 10.23681/500016. (In Russ.)
  • “Sacred Land — Roman Empire — Byzantium — Rus’: the Concept of Heredity in Old Russian Literature.” Studia Litterarum, vol. 3, no. 1, 2018, pp. 118–139. (In Russ.)
  • “Epithets’ Development Which Characterizes St. Vladimir in the Old Russian Hymnography Dedicated to Him.” Vestnik slavianskikh kul’tur, vol. 48, 2018, pp. 113–136. (In Russ.)
  • “The Vision of St. Andrew: the Connection of the Text with the Book and Iconographic Tradition.” Trudy Otdela drevnerusskoi literatury, vol. 64. St. Petersburg, Nauka Publ., 2016, pp. 678–688. (In Russ.)
  • The Tale of the Miraculous Icon of Our Lady of Kazan in the Light of Old Russian Literary Tradition.” Studia Litterarum, vol. 2, no. 1, 2017, pp. 150–183. (In Russ.)
  • “Number 15 as a Topos of Old Russian Hagiography.” Collection of materials of the scientific and Theological Conference of the Department of Philology of the Moscow Theological Academy, Dedicated to the Memory of Professor M.M. Dunaev The Mystery of words and images.” Moscow, Orfograf Publ., 2017, pp. 24–49. (In Russ.)
  • “The Theme of Generosity in Early Praise of the Great Kiev Prince Vladimir Svyatoslavich.” Cultural and Semiotic Space of Russian Literature: History and Prospects of Study: Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference. Moscow, Krug Publ., 2017, pp. 21–29. (In Russ.)
  • “Reflection on the Great Prince of Kiev Vladimir Svyatoslavich in his biography.” Drevnyaia Rus': Voprosy medievistiki, no. 4 (70), 2017, pp. 80–84. (In Russ.)
  • “Development of Ideas about Prince Vladimir as the Baptist of Russia (Based on the Materials of the Early Old Russian Homilies).” Russia of Vladimir the Great: State, Church, Culture: Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference in Memory of Millennium of the Death of St. Vladimir and the Martyrdom of the Holy Princes Boris and Gleb, ex. ed. N.A. Makarov, A.V. Nazarenko. Moscow, Vologda, Drevnosti Severa Publ., 2017, pp. 379–409. (In Russ.)
  • “Vladimir Svyatoslavich's Estimates Through Historical Analogies in Early Russian Homilies.” Drevnyaia Rus'. Voprosy medievistiki, 2016, no 2 (64). Pp. 90–97. (In Russ.)
  • “Determination of the Time and Place of Old Russian Literature (by the Example of an Anonymous Laudable Word to the Feast of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin).” Russian Medieval Studies at the Turn of 21th Century, comp. M.P. Odesskiy, ed. H. Shtal’. Trier Studien zur Slavistik, Band 2. Leipzig, Biblion Media, 2016, pp. 75–90. (In Russ.)
  • “Social Views of the Monk Joseph of Volotsk.” Drevnyaia Rus': Voprosy medievistiki, no. 4 (62), 2015, pp. 44–50. (In Russ.)
  • “Moscow Theological Academy and the Philological Component of Russian Slavistics.” Humanities in the theological space: the Interaction of Spiritual and Secular Education in Russia on the Example of the Moscow Theological Academy from the Beginning of 19th Century to the Present Time. Collection of Articles in Honor of the 200th Anniversary of the Moscow Theological Academy in the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius. Sergiev Posad, 2015, pp. 262–276. (In Russ.)
  • “The Image of Prince Vladimir Svyatoslavich in Old Homilies of 11th–12th centuries.” Drevnyaya Rus': Prostranstvo Knizhnogo Slova. Istoriko-Filologicheskie Issledovaniya, ex. ed. V.M. Kirillin. Moscow, Yazyki slavyanskoj kul'tury Publ., 2015, pp. 63–97. (In Russ.)
  • “Literary Style of Silence: Hesychasm and Russian Literature of the Late 14th – early 15th Centuries.” Pravoslavnoe knizhnoe obozrenie, no. 2 (037), 2014, pp. 12–17. (In Russ.)
  • “Panegyric Legacy of Pachomius the Logothete.” Hermeneutics of Old Russian Literature, issues 16–17, ex. ed. M.V. Pervushin. Moscow, 2014, pp. 962–1020. (In Russ.)
  • “The Image of St. Sergius of Radonezh in the Story of Abraham Palitsyn about the Siege of the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius.” Cerkov' i Vremia: Nauchno-Bogoslovskii i Cerkovno-Obshchestvennyi Zhurnal, vol. LXVI, no. 1, 2014, pp. 130–144. (In Russ.)
  • “On the State of Russian Society and the Statehood of the Time of St. Sergius of Radonezh and the Significance of His Spiritual Feat.” Sretensky Collection of Scientific Works of Teachers of SDS, issue 5. Moscow, Izdatel'stvo Sretenskogo monastyria Publ., 2014, pp. 176–200. (In Russ.)
  • “St. Sergius of Radonezh as a patron of Russian military forces.” Sretensky Collection of Scientific Works of Teachers of SDS, issue 5. Moscow, Izdatel'stvo Sretenskogo monastyria Publ., 2014, pp. 201–247. (In Russ.)
  • “The Image of Prince Vladimir Svyatoslavich in the Early Old Russian Homilies.” Drevnyaia Rus': Voprosy medievistiki, no. 2 (56), 2014, pp. 32–48. (In Russ.)



1990 – present time ― Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor, Head of the Philology Department, Moscow Theological Academy (Sergiev Posad). Lecture courses: History of Old Russian Literature, Historical and Theoretical Basis of the Course Hagiography and Hagiology, Management of theses, master’s and PhD theses.

2003–2014 — Professor of Journalism Department, Moscow State Art and Cultural University. Lecture course: History of Russian literature of 11th–18th Centuries.

2015 – present time — Professor of Journalism Department, Moscow University for the Humanities. Lecture courses: History of Russian literature of 11th–19th Centuries, Fundamentals of the Theory of Literature.

2014 – present time — Professor, The Sretensky Theological Seminary. Lecture course: Genres of Medieval Slavonic-Russian Writing.