Research Advisor of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academician of the RAS, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Chief Editor of the “Vostok-ORIENS” Journal. Author of more than 500 scientific publications, including books: “The History of the Orient”, “Islam and Muslims: Culture and Politics”, “Middle East in the World’s Politics and Culture”, “Red Wolves of Yemen”, “Radical Islam in Central Asia: between Pen and Rifle”, “Arab World, Islam and Russia: Past and Future”, “The Archipelago of Socotra: Expeditions of 1974-2010”, “Conflicts and Wars of the XXI century: Middle East and Northern Africa” (co-author) and others. Chairman of the “Oriental Archive” editorial board, editorial board member for many journals. Was awarded the Russian Order of Friendship and many other foreign and public distinctions, including a Medal of Honor from Russia’s Council of Muftis, an Order for the Beneficial Service to Motherland – Golden Cross, an Order of the Russian Nation, an Order of Friendship of Tajikistan, a Golden Order of Merit from the State of Palestine and others. Was awarded the V. Posuvalyuk Prize (by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the S. F. Oldenburg Prize of the RAS, and the Prize of Valdai International Discussion Club.