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Irina Ivanovna Filatova

  • Irina Ivanovna Filatova has been at HSE University since 2004.

Education, Degrees and Academic Titles

  • 1992
  • 1988

    Doctor of Sciences*
    Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • 1974

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD)

  • 1970

    Lomonosov Moscow State University

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.
* Doctor of Sciences
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)

Editorial board membership

2009: Member of the Editorial Board, Twentieth Century Communism. A journal of international history.


2008 – State University Higher School of Economics grant 08-01-0071 for research on the topic The State and the Evolution. Political and Social Transformation of the Republic of South Africa in the late 20th–early 21st c.

2005-2007 – Ford Foundation (USA) grant towards a biography of Jack Simons.

1995-1997 - National Endowment for the Humanities (USA) research grant towards the completion of the project The Comintern and South Africa: a documentary history (with A. Davidson, V. Gorodnov and S. Johns)

1993-1996 - University of Durban-Westville research grant for the project The Comintern and South Africa: a documentary History.

1992 - 9th Bradlow Fellow, South African Institute of International Affairs.

1990-1991 - Research Fellow, Southern African Research Program, Yale University (USA).


  • 2019
    Россия-Африка. К истории взаимоотношений (Москва). Presentation: Секрет успеха? К истории отношений России со странами Африки
  • 2018
    Исторический нарратив: прошлое, настоящее, будущее (к 2500-летию со дня рождения Геродота Галикарнасского и 2000-летию со дня смерти Тита Ливия) (Москва). Presentation: У истоков изучения Африки в СССР: Африканистика в Коминтерне
  • Миролюбие и миротворчество в Африке (Москва). Presentation: Нельсон Мандела, как миротворец.
  • 2016
    4th Conference of the South Africa/Russia Dialogue Forum (Pretoria). Presentation: Establishing diplomatic relations between Russia and South Africa: The problems, the process and the results.
  • 2015
    3rd Conference of the South Africa/Russia Dialogue Forum (Москва). Presentation: Russia and South Africa: nation building texts



  • Professor emeritus, University of Kvazulu Natal (South Africa)
  • Teacher, HSR Faculty of History, Political History Department

Courses taught

  • Сoping with Violence. Patterns from the 20th Century (Faculty of History)
  • History (Faculty of Foreign Languages)
  • Migrants and Ethnic Minorities (Public Policy Department)
  • State Policy in the Sphere of Ethno–National Relations (Public Policy Department)
  • Global Actors (Public Policy Department)
  • Human rights in the Globalising World (Public Policy Department)
  • Conflict Management (Public Policy Department)

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HSE History Professors Win South African Book of the Year Award

South African publishing conglomerate Media 24 has awarded the book The Hidden Thread. Russia and South Africa in the Soviet Eraby Professors Irina Filatova and Apollon Davidson of HSE’s Faculty of History the Recht Malan Prize for Best Non-Fiction of the year. This is the country’s top literary award for works of nonfiction.

HSE Historians about South Africa 

‘The Hidden Thread. Russia and South Africa in the Soviet Era’ by Irina Filatova and Apollon Davidson is a book covering the history of relations between Soviet Russia and South Africa, which, for many decades, remained hidden even from those who were part of it.