Denis V. Volkov received his Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Manchester, UK. After graduating from Moscow State University (MA in Oriental Studies) in 1995, he spent almost 15 years in Iran, working in the field of interstate economic cooperation between Russia and Iran. Now his research interests include the history and the present of Russian-Iranian relations, Russia’s Oriental studies, intellectual history, Russian and Iranian nationalism, and Russian émigrés after 1917.