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Turkology (Turcology, Turkologie) is a complex of humanities sciences studying languages, history, literature, folklore, culture, and ethnology of people speaking Turkic languages and Turkic peoples in chronological and comparative context. This includes ethnic groups from the Sakha in East Siberia to the Balkan Türks and Gagauz in Moldova.


Related periodical publications

A selection of English-language periodicals studying Turkology

  • Journal of Turkic Languages [1]
  • Journal of Turkish Linguistics [2]
  • Journal of Turkology [3]
  • Journal of the American Oriental Society [4]
  • Journal of Asian Studies [5]
  • British Society for Middle Eastern Studies [6]
  • The Turkology Update Leiden Project(TULP) [7]
  • Journal of American Studies of Turkey [8]
  • Turkologischer Anzeiger/Turkology Annual [9]
  • Indiana University Central Eurasian Studies [10]

Mailing lists

Every Turkic nation and ethnically separate group has a number of forums and blogs devoted to Turkological studies, usually bilingual, in the national language and in local lingua franca. The following sites are predominantly in English.



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Important information about Türkic languages for the first time was systemized by the 11th century Türkic Philologist Mahmud al-Kashgari in the Divân-ı Lügati't-Türk (Dictionary of Türkic languages). Multi-lingual dictionaries were compiled from the late 13th century for the practical application of participants in international trade and political life: Kipchak (Cuman)-Persian-Latin-German Codex Cumanicus, Armenian-Kipchak, and Russian-Kipchak dictionaries. By the Middle Ages the Turkology was centred around Byzantine and Greek historians, ambassadors and travelers, and geographers. In the 15-17th centuries the main subject of Turkology was the study of the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish language, and the Türkic languages of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. In 1533 a first hand-written primer appeared, and by 1612 a printed grammar by Jerome Megizer was published, followed by F. Mesgnin-Meninski's 4-volume "Lexicon Turcico-Arabico-Persicum" published in 1680.

P. S. Pallas initiated a more scientific approach to Turkology with his Comparative dictionaries of all languages and dialects (1787) which included lexical materials from Tatar, Mishar, Nogai, Bashkir, and other Türkic languages. In the 19th century, Turkology was further developed by M. A. Kazembek's Grammar of the Turkish-Tatar language (1839), O. N. Betlingk Grammar of the Yakut language (1851). A major achievement was the deciphering at the end of the 19th century of the Early Middle Age Orkhon inscriptions by V. Thomsen and W. W. Radloff (1895). By the end of the 19th century, Turkology developed into a complex discipline that included linguistics, history, ethnology, archeology, arts and literature. In the 20th century the Turkology complex included physical anthropology, numismatics, genetics, ancient Turkic alphabetic scripts, typology, genesis, and etymology, onomastics and toponymy. The appearance of Türkische Bibliothek (1905-27) inaugurated specialised periodicals, followed by Mitteilungen zur Osmanischen Geschichte (1921-26). Scientific developments allowed calibrated dating, dendrochronology, metallurgy, chemistry, textile, and other specialized disciplines which contributed to the development of the Turkological studies. Deeper study of the ancient sources allowed better understanding of economical, social, mythological and cultural forces of the sedentary and nomadic societies. Linguistic studies uncovered pre-literate symbioses and mutual influences between different peoples.

9 August 1944

A unique event in the history of the world science happened on 9 August 1944 in the USSR, when the Central Committee VKP(b), the ruling party of the former USSR, published an edict prohibiting "ancientization" of the Turkic history. The edict was followed by a consecutive wave of mass arrests, imprisoning and killing of the erudite layer of society, massive creation of replacement "scientists", and the re-writing of history pages on an industrial scale. Combined with the concurrent wholesale deportation of indigenous populations to remote areas in Middle Asia and Siberia, the wipe-out of the science was nearly complete, and the impact of the action subsided only partially in the newly independent countries after the collapse of the USSR. In the course of 2 decades after assuming power, the 3-century tradition of Turkological studies in Russia and dependent countries was nearly eradicated.

On the other hand, this edict brought unintended benefits to Turkology. One was the nearly immediate linguistic development of an alternate lexicon which replaced the nouns and adjectives containing the word "Türk" by a wealth of euphemisms: "nomads, Siberians, Paleosiberians, Middle Asians, Scythians, Altaians, Tuvians", etc. that filled scientific publications. The other was "writing into a drawer", when results of the years of fruitful work were written down for future publication. When the bonds relaxed, the publications exploded. Another was a flight of scientists from Russia into remote areas, which brought first class scientists into many intellectually starved outlying areas of Middle Asia. And another one was connected with the state-wide efforts to re-invent the history, when most of the Turkological facts were found in the process of search for "correct" history. And another one was a built-up of the public interest for the forbidden subjects, that resulted that no print size could satisfy the demand. L.N.Gumilev and O.Suleimenov inflamed a surge in the new generation of Turkology scholars.

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List of Turkologists

  • Abramzon S.M (1905-1977) (ethnographer) ([13] in Russian)
  • Adamovic M. (Uralic languages, Turkologist)
  • Akishev K.A. (archeologist, investigated Issyk Kurgan)
  • Altheim F. (1898-1976) (historian)
  • Amanjolov A.S. (Turkologist, philologist, runiform writing)
  • Anokhin A.V. (1867-1931) (Turkologist, ethnographer, ancient musical arts)
  • Aristov N.A. (1847-1903) (Orientalist)
  • Asmussen J.P. (1928-2002), (Orientalist, Manichaeism historian [14])
  • Ayda Adile (1912-1992) (Etruscologist, Orientalist)
  • Bacot J. (1877 - 1965) (Orientalist)
  • Baichorov S.Ya. (Turkologist, philologist, runiform writing [15] in Russian)
  • Bailey H.W. (1899-1996) (Orientalist)
  • Bang W. (Bang Kaup J.W., J.Kaup) (1869-1934) (Turkologist, linguist [16])
  • Barfield T.J. (history, anthropology, and social theory [17])
  • Bartold W.W. (1869-1930) (Orientalist)
  • Baskakov N.A. (1905-1995) (Turkologist, linguist, ethnologist)
  • Batmanov I.A. (Turkologist, philologist, runiform writing)
  • Bazin Louis (Sinologist, orientalist)
  • Beckwith C. (Uralic and Altaic Studies)
  • Benzing J. (1913-2001) (Turkic and northern Eurasia languages [18])
  • Bernshtam A.L. (1910—1956) (archeologist)
  • Bidjiev Kh.Kh.-M. (1939-1999) (archeologist, Turkologist [19] in Russian)
  • Biletsky A.O. (1911-1995)
  • Bosworth C.E. (Orientalist, Arabist)
  • Bretschneider, E. (1833-1901) (Sinologist)
  • Budberg P.A. (Boodberg) (1903-1972) (Sinologist, orientalist)
  • Calafell F. (geneticist)
  • Castrén M.A. (1813–1852)
  • Chavannes E. (1865 - 1918) (Sinologist)
  • Chia-sheng, Feng (Jiasheng, Fen Tszia-shen, C. S. Feng)
  • Cinnioglu C. (geneticist)
  • Clauson G. (1891–1974) (Orientalist, Turkish language)
  • Comas D. (geneticist)
  • Deguignes H.(Joseph) (1721-1800) (Orientalist)
  • Derenko M. (geneticist)
  • Dilaçar Agop (1895–1979) (linguist)
  • Doblhofer E. (Historical philology,)
  • Donner O. (1835–1909) (linguist)
  • Drompp M.R. (Orientalist, Turkologist [20])
  • Eberhard Wolfram (1909 -1988) (Sinologist, Philologist, Turkologist [21])
  • Ecsedy Ildikó (1938-2004)
  • Egorov N.I.
  • Emre A.J.
  • Enoki Kazuo
  • Fiori G. (geneticist)
  • Fedorov-Davydov G.A. (1931–2000) (archeologist [22] in Russian)
  • Fefelova V.V. (geneticist)
  • Francalacci P. (geneticist)
  • Frye R.N. (philologist, historian)
  • Gabain, von, A. (1901-1993) (Turkologist, Sinologist, linguist, art historian [23])
  • Geng Shimin 耿世民 (Turkologist, Uigurologist, Manichaeanism, linguist, archeologist, historian)
  • Gibbon E. (1737 – 1794) (historian)
  • Giraud M.R. (1904-1968) (philologist, historian)
  • Gökalp Z. (1886-1924) (Sociologist)
  • Golden P. (historian)
  • Golubovsky P.V. (1857 - 1907) (historian)
  • Grousset R. (1885-1952)
  • Gumilev L. (Arslan) (1912–1992)
  • Habichev M.A. (1910-1993)
  • Halasi-Kun Tibor (1914-1991) (Turkologist [24])
  • Haloun (1898-1951)
  • Hamilton J.R. (linguist, Uigur and Chigil studies)
  • Harmatta J.(1917-2004) (linguist)
  • Haussig, von, H.W.
  • Heissig W. (1913-2005) (Mongolist)
  • Henning W.B. (1908—1967)
  • Herberstein S. (Siegmund, Sigismund, Freiherr von Herberstein, Gerbershtein) (1486 – 1566) (historian, writer, diplomat)
  • Hirth F. (1845-1927) (Sinologist)
  • Howorth H.H. (1842- 1923) (archeologist, historian)
  • Ishjamts N.
  • Ismagulov Orazak (anthropologist)
  • Jalairi Kadir Galy (Djalairi, Kadyrali, Kadyr Ali, Kydyrgali) (ca 1620) (historian)
  • Jarring G. (1907–2002) (Turkologist)
  • Jdanko T. (Zhdanko) (ethnographer)
  • Kantemir D. (Cantemir) ((1673-1723) (historian, linguist, ethnographer)
  • Karafet T.M. (geneticist)
  • Kazsmarki I. (historian)
  • Kharkov V.N. (geneticist)
  • Khazanov A. (social anthropologist and ethnologist)
  • Kitsikis Dimitri (political science)
  • Kononov A.N.
  • Konow S.
  • Köprülü M.F.(Koprulu) (1890-1966)
  • Kormushin I.V. (Turkologist, philologist, runiform writing)
  • Kotwicz W. (1872-1944) (Orientalist [25])
  • Kradin N.N. (anthropologist, archaeologist)
  • Küner N.V. (1877-1955) (17-languages polyglot, Turkologist [26], [27] in Russian)
  • Kurat A.N. (historian)
  • Kvaerne P. (Tibetology, Religions [28])
  • Kyzlasov I.L. (Turkologist, runiform writing)
  • Kyzlasov L.R.
  • Lagashov B.R. (Caucasology, philology)
  • Le Coq A. (1860 - 1930) (archaeologist, explorer)
  • Liu Mau-tsai (Liu Guan-ying) (Sinologist, Turkologist)
  • Lyzlov A. (ca. 1655-ca. 1696)
  • Maenchen-Helfen O. (1894-1969) (academic, sinologist, historian, author, and traveler)
  • Malov S.E. (1880-1957) (Orientalist, runiform writing)
  • Marquart J. (Markwart) (1864-1930)
  • Martinez A.P.
  • Matsuda Hisao
  • McGovern W.M. (1897-1964) (Orientalist) [29]
  • Minorsky V.F. (1877-1966) (Orientalist [30])
  • Moravcsik G. (1892-1972) (Byzantinology [31])
  • Mori Masao
  • Mukhamadiev A. (Numismatist, orientalist, philologist)
  • Müller G.F. (Miller) (1705–83) (father of ethnography)
  • Munkacsi B. (1860-1937) (linguist)
  • Nadelyaev V.M. (Turkologist, philologist, runiform writing)
  • Nasilov D.M. (Turkologist, philologist)
  • Nemeth J.
  • Ogel B. (Philology)
  • Orkun H.N.
  • Pakendorf V. (geneticist)
  • Pallas P.S. (1741—1811) (naturalist, ethnographer)
  • Pelliot P. (1878–1945) (Sinologist)
  • Perez-Lezaun A. (geneticist)
  • Petrov V.P.
  • Pletneva S.A. (archeologist)
  • Poppe N.N. (1897-1991) (linguist-Altaist)
  • Potanin G.N. (1835 - 1920) (Explorer, historian)
  • Potapov L.P. (1905-2000) (Turkologist, ethnographer, ethnologist)
  • Potocki Yan (Jan) (1761-1815) (ethnologist, linguist, historian)
  • Poucha P. (Central Asian philology)
  • Puech H.-C. (linguist)
  • Pulleyblank E.G.
  • Radloff W. (1837–1918)
  • Ramstedt G.H. (1873-1950) (Altaic languages)
  • Räsänen Martti (Ryasyanen M.) [32]
  • Rasonyi L (1899-1984) (Turkologist [33] In Hungarian)
  • Rasovsky D.A. (historian)
  • Rémi-Giraud S. (linguist)
  • Robruk, of, William (Guglielmo di, Gil'om de, Rubruquis) (travel ca 1248-1252)
  • Rogers J.M. (Orientalist)
  • Rona-Tash А.
  • Rybatzki V.
  • Samoilovich A.N. (1880-1938, killed in Stalinist repressions) (Orientalist, Turkologist)
  • Samolin W. (1911-1972?) (Orientalist)
  • Senigova T. N. (Fine Arts, Turkologist)
  • Sevortian E.V.
  • Seydakmatov K. (Turkologist, runiform writing)
  • Shcherbak A.M. (Turkologist, runiform writing)
  • Shiratori Kurakichi (1865-1942)
  • Sinor D.
  • Smirnova O.I. (numismatist)
  • Starostin S. (1953-2005) (linguist, Altaic languages hypothesis)
  • Strahlenberg, von, P.J. (Philip Johan Tabbert) (1676 — 1747)
  • Tarskaya L.A. (geneticist)
  • Tenishev E. R. (1921-2004) (linguist, Central Asian philology [34] in Russian)
  • Tiesenhausen, von, W. (In Russian Tizengauzen V.G.) (1825-1902) (Orientalist, numismatist, archeologist, [35] in Rissian)
  • Thomsen V. (1842–1927)
  • Togan, Zeki Velidi (1890–1970) (historian, Turkologist, leader of liberation movement)
  • Tolstov S.P. (1907-1976) (archeologist)
  • Tremblay X. (philology)
  • Vainberg B.I. (archeologist, numismatist)
  • Valihanov Chokan (Shokan, Chokan Chingisovich) (1835-1865) (Turkologist, ethnographer, historian)
  • Vambery A. (1832–1913)
  • Van Govej (1877-1927) (Sinologist, historian, and philologist)
  • Vasiliev D.D. (Türkic runiform script)
  • Velikhanly N.M (Velikhanova) (Orientalist)
  • Velyaminov-Zernov V. V. (1830-1904) (Turkologist [36])
  • Wang Guowei 王国维 (1877-1927) (Sinologist, historian)
  • Winter W.
  • Wittfogel K.A. (1896–1988) (Sinologist, historian)
  • Yadrintsev N.V. (1842-1894)(archeologist, Turkologist, explorer)
  • Yudin V.P. (1928—1983) (Orientalist, historian, and philologist [37] In Russian)
  • Zajączkowski Ananiasz (1903-1970) (Turkologist [38] In Polish)
  • Zakiev M. (Philologist)
  • Zehren E. (Orientalist, archeologist)
  • Zerjal T. (geneticist)
  • Zieme P.W.H. (Turkologist, linguist)
  • Zuev Yu. (1932-2006) (Sinologist)

Turkologists persecuted in Soviet Russia

The following brief listing presents a cross-section of Turkology scholars persecuted in the 20th century Soviet Russia. With the physical culling of the scholars from the society, concurrently was also organized a total extermination of all their published and unpublished works, their books were removed from the libraries and destroyed from privite collections by intimidated population, articles and publications were culled, published photographs were retouched, privite photographs were destroyed, published scientific references were erased, or publications with undesired references were destroyed. Very few of expedition diaries, ethnographical notes, reports and drafts for publications were ever recovered. . An extensive extract of killed and persecuted Orientalists is located here [39] (In Russian).

Abdrahimov Ali Rahim (Ali Shakirovich, 1892-1943) Turkologist, scientist, literary critic, writer, docent of Eastern Pedagogical Institute in Kazan. Was arrested and incarcerated (dates unknown). After serving the term of the sentence A.Abdrahimov returned to Kazan, and was arrested again and sentenced to 10 years of hard labor in concentration camp
Aivazov Asan Sabri (1878 - 1938) a Crimean, scientist, journalist, translator, teacher, editor of Tatar newspapers, member of "Kurultai". Served as an envoy of Regional Government to Turkey. Persecuted by Crimean ASSR People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD) for participation in "nationalist counterrevolutionary organization", shot to death in Simferopol
Akchokrakly Osman Nuri Asad (1878 - 1938) historian, writer, teacher, journalist,taught in Zindjirli medrese, in 1917 was elected a regional "Kurultai" delegate, was shot to death in Simferopol imprisonment
Asfendiarov S.(dates unknown) Turkologist, Rector of the Moscow Oriental Studies Institute. Shot to death
Baiburtly Yagya Nadji Suleiman (1876 - 1943) principal in Türkic school in Bakhchisarai, jornalist, delegate of regional "Kurultai" (1917), persecuted by NKVD of Crimean ASSR for participation in "nationalist counterrevolutionary organization", shot to death in Arkhangelsk imprisonment
Baytusyn Akhmet (1873 - 1937) Scientist, public figure, member of Russian parlament (1905-06), Kazakh free thinker, first researcher of Kazakh epos and folklore, author of alphabet textbook, phonetics and syntax rules, ethymology of Kazakh language, was sentenced to death in 1931, spent years in concentration camps, freed in 1935 after petition of M.Gorky's wife, re-arrested and shot to death in 1937
Baryi Battal-Taimas (Saetbattalov Gabdelbaryi, 1883-1969) historian, literary critic, publicist, editor of newspaper "Altai" (1918). Arrested, incarcerated, in 1921 escaped from a Soviet concentration camp and fled abroad. Buried in Istambul
Bertels Eugene Edwardovich (1890-1957) Iranist and Turkologist, corresponding member of USSR Academy of Sciences (1939), a member academician of Tehran Academy (Iran, 1944), Ashgabat Academy (Turkmenistan, 1951), Damascus Academy (Syria, 1951), staff member of Asian Museum, Art History Institute, Leningrad State University, and Leningrad Institute of Eastern Languages. He was arrested three times, in 1922, then in 1925 as a "French spy", and again in 1941 as a "German spy", but survived to tell his story.
Bodaninsky Usein Abdrefi (1877 - 1938) ethnographer, artist, critic. From 1917 Bodaninsky was a director of the Bakhchisarai museum, he was an organizer of ethnographical and archeological expeditions. Shot to death in Simferopol
Cherman Timofei Pavlovich (?) Economist, historian, bibliographer, expert on Turkey. Was incarcerated, details unknown
Choban-zade Bekir Vagap ogly (1893-1937) oustanding Soviet Turkologist. A Crimean Tatar, a son of a peasant, a graduate of Budapest University, a Dean in University. Active participant in Stalinist "language construction", from 1924 worked in Baku. In 1937 arrested (like Alexander Samoylovich‎, arrested in Kislovodsk, but several months earlier) and shot to death. Biography see F.D.Ashnin "Bekir Choban-zade Vagap"/Peoples of Asia and Africa, 1967, No 1, p. 208.
Cholpan (1897-1937) Uzbek writer and scientist. Killed in Stalinist persecutions
Fielstrup Feodor Arturovich (1889-?) Turkologist - ethnographer. Ethnographic department of Russian Museum, employee in "Commission for Study of Tribal Composition of Russia's Population and neighboring Countries". Arrested ca. 1933, died during interrogations
Gubaidullin Gaziz (Gabdulgaziz Salihovich, 1887-1937) historian, professor (1927) in Azerbaijan University. Arrested and shot to death
Hakim Nigmat (?) Turkologist, linguist. Docent of Tatar language faculty in Kazan Pedagogical Institute. Arrested in 1936 and perished
Huluflu Veli (?) Historian of the literature. Director of Azarbaijan SSR Language, Literature and Arts Institute, head of the Sektor of arts in Azerbaijan branch of USSR Academy of Sciences (1934-1937). Arrested in 1937 and perished
Kudoyarov Galyautdin Gainutdinovich (189I-1966) publicist, teacher, Tatarstan ASSR Narkom (People's Commissar) of Education (1931). Was persecuted twice (details unknown)
Khudyakov Michael Georgievich (1894-?) Archeologist, researcher of history and culture of Volga region peoples. Institute for Study of USSR Peoples (Leningrad), docent in Leningrad State Histrorico-Linguistical Institute, USSR Academy State Institute of History of Material Culture. Arrested in 1936 and perished
Latynin Boris Alexandrovich (1899-1967) Archeologist, ethnographer, scholar on cultures of Central Asia and Volga region peoples. Arrested in 1935, lost leg in incarceration, released in 40es, subsequently worked in Hermitage
Leibovich Eugene Solomon (?) archeologist and ethnographer (peoples of Volga region and Urals). Arrested in 1936 and vanished
Mansurov Gasim Gatievich (1894-1955) historian, lecturer, in 1920es worked for state government in Kazan, then scientific work in Moscow, author of two monographs on problems of Tatar revolutionary movement. Was persecuted (details unknown), after release lived in Murom
Martinovich Nikolai Nikolaevich (1883-1939) Turkologist-ethnographer and specialist in folklore. Professor, lecturer in Petrograd University, associate in Russian museum, was arrested in 1920 and in 1921, in 1922 fled to exile
Miller Alexander Alexandrovich (1875-1937) Caucasologist, ethnographer, archeologist, linguist, expert on prehistoric art, professor of archeology, professor of Georgian language, head of ethnographical department in Russian museum. Arrested in 1933, exiled to Tashkent, arrested again in 1937 and believed to have died in the Tashkent prison
Mirbaba ogly Usif Vesir (Chemenzemenly) (1887-?) Azerbaijan writer, historian of the literature and specialist in folklore. Arrested in 1937 and perished
Novichev Aron Davydovich (1902-1987) (family name Rabinovic) Turkologist, PhD in history, professor of Leningrad University. From 1932 to 1937 worked in Oriental Institute, scientific secretary of Turkologists' Association. Arrested in 1937, exiled until 1940. Subsequently worked in Oriental Institute and Leningrad University
Odabash (Temirdjan) Abibulla Abdureshid (1891 - 1938?) Lecturer in the Crimean Pedagogical Institute, delegate of "Kurultai", editor of "Eshil ada" and "Bilgi" magazines. Odabash was arrested in 1928 and vanished
Polivanov Eugene Dmitrievich (1891-1938) Linguist-Orientalist (Japanese, Chinese, Dungan, Korean, Turkic and other languages), theorist in linguistics. In 1915-1921 professor in Petrograd University, in 1917-1918 E.Polivanov headed Foreign Ministry Oriental Relations department, in 1921-1926 he worked for state apparatus and taught in Tashkent University, in 1926-1929 in Moscow, in 1929-1934 in Samarkand (1929-1931), Tashkent (1931-1934), in 1934-1937 in Kirgiz Scientific Research Institute of Kirgiz Language and Writing (Frunze) and Frunze Pedagogical Institute. Arrested in 1937, declared to be a Japanese spy, shot to death in 1938 in Moscow
Radloff Fridrich Wilhelm (Radlov Vasily Vasilievich, 1837-1918) oustanding Turkologist, graduated Berlin University, from 1858 worked in Russia, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, teacher of Alexander Samoylovich‎. Stalinist's proclaiming an ethnically German Radlov a "Pantürkist" was especially ridiculous
Rudenko Sergey Ivanovich (1885-1969) Archeologist and ethnographer, worked in Transbaikalia, Altai, Kazakhstan and Bashkiria, professor in Petrograd University, head of ethnographical department in Russian museum, scientific secretary of state "Commission for Study of Tribal Composition of Russia's Population and neighboring Countries". Arrested in 1931 and sentenced to 10 years in BelBaltlLag concentration camp. Transferred in 1934 to forced labor in Belomor-Baltic Canal Combine as a hydrologist. Returned to archeology in 1945, in 1947-1954 headed excavations of famous Scythian time Pazyryk kurgans in Mountain Altai
Rykov Paul Sergeevich (1884-1942) Archeologist, worked in Volga and Kazakhstan regions for USSR State Academy Institute of History of Material Culture. Fell under Stalinist percecution in 1938 and perished
Sagidov Karim Muhamet (1888-1939) Turkologist, Iranist. From 1934 in Historical-Archeological Institute (History Institute), Oriental Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences. Arrested in 1936, in 1936 "Special Cmission" of Leningrad Provincial Court sentenced him to 5 years of hard labor in a Far Eatern concentration camp by infamous Article 58, in he was 1939 releasedbecause of poor health, and died on the way home
Saifi Fatyh Kameletdin (?) Turkologist-historian, a senior lecturer of Kazan (East) Pedagogical Institute. Arrested in 1936 and perished
Samoylovich Alexander Nikolaevich (1880-1938) Turkologist, academician of the USSR Academy of Sciences, in 1934-1937 director of Oriental Institute. Arrested in 1937, shot to death in 1938
Sharaf Galimdyan Sharafutdinovich (1896-1950) scientist-linguist, political figure of national movement. Was arrested and persecuted
Schmidt Alexey Viktorovich (1884 or 1885-1935) Archeologist (Volga region, Kama, Ural) and Africanist ethnographer. USSR Academy State Institute of History of Material Culture, head of Africa department of USSR Academy of Sciences Anthropology and Ethnography Institute. Arrested in 1933 ("Russian Museum Case"), died in 1935 during NKVD interrogations
Serov Anton Mikhailovich (?) Turkologist student. Arrested in 1949, imprisoned until general amnesty to the victims of Stalinist persecutions in the middle of the 50es
Sheikhzade Maksud (1908-1967) Azerbaijanian, then Uzbek writer, translator, literary critic. In the end of 1920es exiled from Azerbaijan to Uzbekistan as "nationalist" (stood up for preservation of his national culture and language). Arrested again in 1951, imprisoned until general amnesty to the victims of Stalinist persecutions in the middle of the 50es, freed in the middle of 1950es
Shteinberg Lev (Haim) Yakovlevich (1861-1927) Ethnographer, expert on peoples of Siberia and North. Worked in USSR Academy of Sciences Anthropology and Ethnography Institute, corresponding member of USSR Academy of Sciences. Arrested in 1921, freed after petition of M.Gorky
Sidorov Alexey (?) student of Oriental department in Leningrad State University, major Turkologist - linguist. Arrested in 1949, imprisoned until general amnesty to the victims of Stalinist persecutions in 1956, mentally sick at release, committed suicide
Sultan-Galiev Mirsaid Haidargalievich (1892-1940) one of outstanding organizators of Tatarstan state, member of Narkomnats (People's Commissariate for Nationalities) Board. The largest case fabricated by NKVD was connected with Sultan-Galiev's name, a "sultangaleevshchina" in Stalinist lingo, for targeted destruction of the national educated layer in the Turkic republics of the former USSR. M.Sultan-Galiev was arrested and shot to death
Talanov Nikolai Georgievich (1897-1938) Historian of Central Asia, Turkologist. Secretary of Leningrad Oriental Institute, Oriental Institute in 1931-1933, from 1935 director of Ethnography Museum. Arrested in 1937, Article 58-10, 2nd field session of the USSR Supreme Court sentenced him in 1938 to the highest measure of punishment, on the same day shot to death in Leningrad
Tchernyshev Eugeny Ivanovich (1894-?) Historian of Tataria. Docent of Kazan Pedagogical Institute. Arrested in 1936 and perished
Teploukhov Sergey Alexandrovich (1888-1934?) Archeologist, ethnographer of Sibiria. Worked in USSR State Institute of History of Material Culture, Russian Museum, as a senior lecturer in Leningrad State University. Arrested in 1934, in prison committed suicide
Tsedenishe (?) Mongoloigist. Lecturer in Leningrad Oriental Institute. Arrested in 1936 or 1937 and perished
Tsintsius Vera Ivanovna (1903-1981) Expert on Tungus-Manchurian languages, worked in Northern Peoples Institute. Arrested in 1936, was imprisoned from 1937 to 1940. After the WWII she worked in Linguistic Institute in Leningrad
Tsovikian Horem Mkrt (1900-1942) Ethnically Armenian Turkologist and historian. Docent of Leningrad Oriental Institute, researcher in Oriental Institute. Arrested in 1938, incarcerated in local jail of the Leningrad People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs until his release in August of 1939. Died during WWII blockade of Leningrad
Ukhtomsky Alexander Alekseevich, prince, bishop with chosen name Andrey, (1872-1937) Chairman of Eastern-Russian cultural educational society, bishop of Ufa and Menzelinsky from 1913, founder of magazine "Beyond-Volga chronist", member of the Most Holy Synod (1917), was arrested numerous times, shot to death under decision of NKVD "troyka" of Yaroslavl province.
Umnyakov Ivan Ivanovich (1890-1976) Historian, archeologist, scholar on W.W.Bartold's works. Arrested at the end of 1920es or early 1930es. Is known to spend the first half of 1930es in Arkhangelsk exile. Survived persecutions of the Stalinist period
Vahidov Said Gabdulmannan (1887-1937) archeograph scientist, historian. Arrested, persecuted, and shot to death
Validi-Togan Zaki (Validov Ahmetzaki Ahmetshakhovich, 1890-1970) historian, Turkologist, academician, political figure, head of the first government of Bashkiria (1918). To avoid capture and persecution fled to Turkey.
Vasmer Richard Wilhelm George (Roman Romanovich, Richard Richardovich) (1888-1938) Orientalist in Arabic, Persian, and Turkic, Semitic, Hebrew, and Syriac. Headed Hermitage department of Eastern Coins. Arrested in 1936, died in exile (after concentration camp) in Tashkent [40]
Zabirov Vali Abdurahman (1897-1937) a Tatar scientist, Turkologist, post-graduate student of Oriental Studies Institute of USSR Academy of Sciences, a lecturer in Leningrad Oriental Institute. Arrested in 1936, shot to death in Solovki in 1937


  • Kononov A.N., editor, "Bibliographical dictionary of native Turkologists. Pre-USSR period", Moscow, Science, 1974 - Кононов А.Н., ред., "Биобиблиографический словарь отечественных тюркологов. Дооктябрьский период"; Москва, Наука, 1974 (In Russian). Brief biographical and bibliographical compendium of more than 300 Turkologists in Russia, who contributed to the development of Turkology and education in Türkic languages from the 18th century to 1917.

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