Center for Regional Studies (Russia and the East)
was organized in April 1996 as a non-profit research and educational
unit attached to the Department of History at Barnaul State Pedagogical
University. Its founding Director was Prof Vladimir Moiseev, Russian
Orientalist with Altai [geographical] origin, emigrated in 1992
from Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Doing so, Center small research team gave due to
the memory of late Prof Solomon Livshits --the goldfather of Oriental
studies in South-Western Siberia. By now biennial Orientalist workshop,
dedicated to the memory of S.Livshits, became one of the main patterns/traditions
of Center research activities. Another, also biennial event is international
conference "Russia, Siberia, and Central Asia: the Interrelation
of Peoples and Cultures". Besides this, CRS ongoing work includes
bi-annual inter-department seminar "Russian Asian frontier", carrying
out group and individual projects, supervising student papers, consulting
for regional government bodies, etc.