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- 2000: Refresher course, Pedagogical University (Daneshgah-e Tarbiyat-e Mudarres), Tehran, Iran.
- 1998: Candidate of History Dissertation: "The 1st Volume of Siraj at-Tawarikh as a Source on the History of Afghanistan in the 1st half of the 19th century", supervisor Prof. Oleg Akimushkin.
- 1987–1990: Post-graduate course, Institute of Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg branch, Russian Academy of Science.
- 1986–1987: Post-graduate practice course, Faculty of History, Kazakh State University.
- 1980–1985: Specialist in Oriental Studies and History (Afghan Studies), St. Petersburg State University; Degree Diploma: "The Typology of Nomadism in Afghanistan".
- Current: Associate Professor, Department of Central Asia and Caucasus, Faculty of Asian and African Studies, SPbSU
- 2012–2014: Senior Researcher, Department of Central Asia and Caucasus, Faculty of Asian and African Studies, SPbSU
- 1998–2012: Associate Professor, Department of Central Asia and Caucasus, Faculty of Asian and African Studies, SPbSU
- 1997–1998: Senior Lecturer, Department of Central Asia and Caucasus, Faculty of Asian and African Studies, SPbSU
- 1996–1998: Lecturer, Department of Central Asia and Caucasus, Faculty of Asian and African Studies, SPbSU
- 1985–1986: Lecturer, Preparatory Faculty, Kazakh State University
- Russian (native),
- Persian (+Dari, Tajik) (fluent),
- English (fluent),
- French (reading),
- German (reading),
- Spanish (reading),
- Pashto (reading),
- Kazakh (reading).
- History of Afghanistan,
- Central Asia and Iran,
- Ethnic History of Afghanistan and Central Asia,
- History of Culture of Central Asia,
- Afghanistan and India,
- Translation Studies.
- History of Central Asia
- Geography of Central Asia
- Ethnic Map of Central Asia
- "The Big Game" in Central Asia
- States and Economics of Central Asia
- Translation of Persian historical texts
Publications: more than 60, including:
- Geography of Central Asia. Tutorial. SPbSU, 2005. (in Russian).
- Shah Zaman — the Last Emperor of Afghanistan. — in: Countries and Peoples of Orient. XXX. Central Asia. Hindu Kush. St. Petersburg: Petersburg Oriental Studies, 1999. pp. 263-279. (in Russian).
- The Afghan Pages of the Great Diamond’s History. — in: Herald of St. Petersburg State University. Ser. 2. No. 2. SPb., 1999. P. 106-110 (in Russian).
Kazakhs: Some Results of Russification. — in: Shidny svit. Kiiv, 1999. № 1-2. Pp. 140-154. (in Russian)
- The Truth of Nauryz: General and Special Features in the Calendar Spring Holiday of the Iranians and Turks. — in: Tughan Olke — Native Land. Historical and Archive Magazine. Almaty, 2004. № 2,3 (4-5). Pp. 101-108. (in Russian).
- The Custom of Intercession in Afghanistan at the Turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. — in: Oriental Writings 2 (3). Autumn-Winter, 2005. Pp. 125-133. (in Russian).
- Reconciliation in the Afghan Political Tradition (First Quarter of the 19th century). — in: Aggression and Peaceful Coexistence: Universal Mechanisms of Control of Social Tension in Man (ed. M. L. Butovskaya). Moscow: Academic World, 2006. pp. 246-256. (in Russian).
- Mother’s Anger and Sister’s Sorrow: Theme of “Motherland” in Modern Tajik Poetry. — in: Iran-Nameh. Almaty, 2007. No. 3. P. 154-161 (in Russian).
The Reflection of Social Changes in the Wedding Rituals of Kazakhs // Rahmat-Nameh. SPb, 2008. P. 97. 116 (in Russian).
- Post-Modernism in the Central Asian Literatures. — in: Post-Modernism in the Literatures of Asia and Africa. Essays. SPbSU, 2010. P. 260-303. (in Russian).
The campaign of Abu-l-Khair, the son of Qasim-khan, against the Safavids (based on the data of the ‘’Ālam-ārā-ye Shah Ismā’il ‘). — in: Otan Tarihi — National History. Academic Magazine. Almaty, 2014. 2 (66). Pp. 5-13. (In co-authorship with N. Atygaev). (in Russian).
- The Country’s Name: History of the Macro-toponym “Qazaqstan / Kazakhstan”. — in: “The Problems of Studies of the Cultural Heritage of peoples of Kazakhstan and Central Asia: Toponymy, Epigraphy, Art. Almaty, 2014. P. 10-25 (in co-authorship with IV Erofeeva). (in Russian).
- Ten Turkestans: Ten Different Meanings of One Toponym. — in: “The Problems of Studies of the Cultural Heritage of peoples of Kazakhstan and Central Asia: Toponymy, Epigraphy, Art. Almaty, 2014 pp. 56-65 (in Russian).