The Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages
Moscow State Linguistic University

University Governance

Rector of Moscow State Linguistic University
Irina Arkadievna KRAEVA


– Biography

Irina A. Kraeva received her first degree cum laude in teaching English and French fr om the Maurice Thorez Moscow State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages (currently MSLU). She conducted her post-graduate research at the same Institute's Department of English Lexicology, culminating in a PhD in Philology, a rank of Associate Professor and position of Professor at MSLU.

After her graduation in 1980, Irina A. Kraeva joined the Department of English as a Second Foreign Language, Faculty of Translation and Interpreting wh ere she held the positions of a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer (1980–83, 1987–89), Associate Professor (after 1993), and Head of the Department (1993 – 2006). From 1993 to 2006 she served as an Academic Secretary of the MSLU Academic Board.

In 2006–17, Irina A. Kraeva was Dean of the Faculty of English at MSLU and Professor of the Department of English Lexicology.

Between 2011 and 2014, Professor I.A. Kraeva headed the Foreign Languages Commission for the Unified State (school-leaving) Examination for the city of Moscow. Since 2014, Prof. Kraeva has been a certified expert of the Russian Federal Service for Supervision in Education.

In January 2017 Professor Kraeva was appointed Acting Rector of Moscow State Linguistic University. She represents the University in the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education, University of Iowa, USA, in the European Centre for Modern Languages in Graz, Austria, and is recently elected Board Member of the European Language Council.

Professor Kraeva has published more than 50 books, students' books and scholarly papers in her field.

Irina A. Kraeva holds awards and decorations from the governments of the Russian Federation and other states.

Esteemed colleagues and students! Dear friends!

Our university, MSLU, has always been renowned for its glorious traditions, for quality education and for innovative methods of teaching and mastering languages and cultures. It is my sincere hope that with our joint efforts we can further develop MSLU as a center for polylingualism, the humanities and cutting-edge educational technologies. I count on your contribution as linguists and scholars, and your unique experience, to assist me in the administrative duties that I am undertaking. Together, we can reach new heights of creativity and success, inspired by the words of our "InYaz" University Anthem: "InYaz! You're depths and lofty shining summits! Our billow'ng sails and glowing beacon true!" May our students, today and tomorrow, proudly call themselves scions of InYaz!

MSLU  Rector

Larisa A. Petruchak

First Vice-Rector
Vice-Rector for Education

Dr. Larisa Petruchak holds two degrees, one in legal studies, and one in education.
Doctor of Law and Associate Professor, Larisa A. Petruchak specialises in
contemporary legal culture of Russia and legal education. Dr. Petruchak reads
Theory of Law and State and Methodology of Teaching Law and has authored
more than 60 research papers and teaching materials, including three books.
With over 31 years in service, including 20 years in research and education, Larisa
Petruchak has held senior management positions in higher education
establishments as dean, head of education management department, and vice-rector
for education. Her professional interests include teaching and training support and
development spanning all levels of education from secondary vocational and
higher education to continuing education and professional development in higher
Professor Petruchak is member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Head
of the National Association for Education, Training and Teaching Methods (Legal
Studies), a member of the expert council of the National Association of Lawyers,
and a certified expert of the Russian Federal Service for Supervision in Education.
Larisa A. Petruchak holds numerous awards and decorations from the government

Innara A. Guseinova

Vice-Rector for Project Work and Youth Policy


Innara A. Guseinova was born in 1971 in Moscow. In 1993, she graduated magna cum laude in Foreign Languages, a lecturer of German and English, from Moscow State University.

In 1999, she completed her PhD in Philology (Germanic languages), with a thesis on “Descriptive Advertising as an Instrument of Influence in Marketing Communication (with reference to West German print media)”.

In 2010, she earned her Doctorate Degree in Theory of Language with a dissertation on “Communicative and Pragmatic Basis for Genres in Marketing Discourse”.

From 1993 to 2011, Dr. Guseinova was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor of the Department of Lexicology and Stylistics of German Language at the Faculty of German and later at the Department of German at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, MSLU.

From 2011 to 2016 Dr. Guseinova served as Dean of MSLU Faculty of Translation and Interpreting. She has authored two monographs, three teaching guides and eighty academic publications in leading Russian and foreign academic journals. She has been engaged in four international research and practice-oriented projects.

Dr. Guseinova is a member of three MSLU Dissertation Boards. She is Doctor of Philology and a tenured associate professor.

Olga K. Iriskhanova

Vice-Rector for Research


Olga K. Iriskhanova was appointed as a member of the rectorate responsible for research in January 2019.

She graduated from Moscow State Linguistic University (Moscow State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages) in 1988, received her PhD in 1996, became Dr. Habil in 2005 and received a full professorship in 2009.

Since 1996 Olga K. Iriskhanova has been teaching practical courses, giving lectures and supervising BA, MA, and Ph.D. students at MSLU at the Department of Theoretical and Comparative Linguistics.

In 2014 she became Director of SCoDis (the Centre of Socio-Cognitive Studies of Discourse). The studies that are carried out at the centre focus on analyzing the diversity and effectiveness of discourse practices in various languages from a socio-cognitive point of view. Olga K. Iriskhanova is a PI or co-PI in various research projects funded by the Russian Science Foundation and the Ministry for Science and Higher Education.

Olga K. Iriskhanova is a member of three Dissertation Boards at the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Д 002. 006. 03), at Moscow State Linguistic University (Д 212. 135. 02), at Moscow State University (10.08). She is an expert of the Higher Attestation Commission, the Expert Council for Humanities at Moscow State University, Russian Science Foundation, and Russian Foundation for Fundamental Research.

Research interests: cognitive semantics, distribution of attention in language, discourse studies, multimodal communication, linguistic creativity, communicative strategies of institutionalized communication.

The responsibilities and goals of Vice-Rector for Research include:

- first-class research environment at the faculties and research centres at MSLU;

- overall top performance in research at MSLU;

- research impact, ratings and statistics.

Vice-Rector for Research is responsible for the research performance of the following departments and structural units at MSLU:

- Department of Research Management and Statistics;

- Faculties and Institutions;

- Ph.D. and Postdoc Research Department;

- Dissertation Boards;

- Science and Technology Coordination Council;

- Research centres and laboratories.

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Vladimir Storozhev

Vice-Rector for International Cooperation


Born in 1958, Vladimir Storozhev graduated from a higher naval school in 1979. Served in the military from 1979 to 1998. From 1998 to 2010 worked in the legislative and executive bodies of authority of the Russian Federation. In 2005, graduated from the Russian Academy of State Service under the President of the Russian Federation.

Vladimir worked in the state civil service in various positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to May 2023. On December 12, 2016, he was appointed as the Director of the Personnel Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. In 2017 he was appointed as a member of the Collegium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia by the decree of the President of the Russian Federation. He was a member of the United Nations International Civil Service Commission. The last position held was Ambassador at Large.

In July 2016, Vladimir was awarded the rank of Full State Counsellor 2nd Class of the Russian Federation.

Has received state awards.

Пилипенко.jpgSergey A. Pilipenko

Vice Rector for Development and Digitalization

Sergey Pilipenko was born on November 24, 1973 in Khabarovsk, the Russian Far East.
In 1996, he graduated from the Khabarovsk State Academy of Economics and Law, specializing in finance and credit.
He obtained his PhD degree in psychology in 2003 and was awarded the rank of Associate Professor in 2010.
In 1996-2020, he was in the civil service.
As Deputy Director of the Department for State Policy in Higher Education at the Russian Ministry of Education and Science in 2016-2018, he oversaw the modernization of higher education content, including developing and approving FSES HE 3++ educational standards, the work of coordination councils for different types education as well as federal educational and methodological associations for larger groups of specialties and training areas.
As Deputy Director of the Ministry’s Department for State Policy in General Education, he was responsible for preparing, adjusting and implementing the departmental target program “Scientific, Methodological and Personnel Support for Teaching Russian Language and Languages of the Russian Federation Peoples" under the State program "Developing Education" and carrying out the Action Plan for the State National Policy Strategy for the period up to 2025.
In 2020, as Head of the Section "Workforce for the Digital Economy", ANO "Digital Economy", he supervised the implementation of the federal project "Workforce for the Digital Economy" under the “Digital Economy” National Project.
In 2021, as Director of the PFUR Institute for Advanced Research and Digital Solutions in Science and Education, he was answerable for developing a digital competence model for university teaching and administrative staff, and elaborating and implementing an online course to form these competencies.
In 2022, he headed a project designed to develop and implement a digital competence model in education at the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
In accordance with the Presidential Decree, he was awarded the Russian Civil Service rank of the 3d class active state advisor in 2019.
He is a member of the public expert Council for the national project "Science and Universities".
Sphere of his scientific interests: psychology of relations and interaction, conflictology, social perception, security psychology, competence approach in education, digital competences, pedagogical design and learning analytics.
Scope of work
The Vice Rector for Development and Digitalization plans, organizes and coordinates the following activities:
  • Managing the information processes in science, education and management;
  • Developing the University's official Internet site;
  • Monitoring the efficacy of the University activities;
  • Upgrading the University staff’s qualifications;
  • Monitoring the financial and legal support of paid educational services.
The Vice-Rector for Development and Digitalization supervises:
  • Monitoring and Strategic Development Center;
  • Informatization Department;
  • Institute of Continuing Education;
  • Center for Financial and Legal Support of Paid Educational Services.

Georgi V. Grachev

Deputy Vice-Rector for Education

University Academic Board, tel.: +7 499 245 1175 


Dean Ksenia V. Golubina, tel.: +7 499 245 2587

Dean Prof. Galina B. Voronina, tel.: +7 499 245 3916

Dean Yuliya N. Sdobnova tel.: +7 499 766 9236

Dean Elena S. Shafikova, tel.: +7 499 268 4785

Dean Ekaterina A. Pokholkova, tel.: +7 499 245 2350

  • Institute of International Relations and Social and Political Sciences
Director Dmitry A. Belyakov, tel.: +7 499 246 1982

  • The Institute of International Law and Justice
Director Mikhail Y. Voronin, tel.: +7 499 766 9035

  • The Institute of Information Sciences
Director Alexandra S. Vanichkina, tel.: +7 499 766 4413

  • The Institute of International Educational Programmes
Director Elena V. Alexandrova, tel.: +7 499 245 3879

  • The Institute of the Humanities and Applies Sciences
Director Cheslav B. Daletsky, tel.:+7 499 245 1847

Director Svetlana V. Konkova, tel.: +7 499 766 43 27