Trutovskii, V. K.

His father a celebrated painter and his mother the niece of prominent Slavophile Ivan Aksakov, Vladimir Konstantinovich became a numismatist and Orientalist, studying eastern languages, specializing in Arabic, at the Lazaervskii Institute. He held numerous positions of importance, the most important being custodian of the Armoury. At the IMAO, he held the post of secretary from 1888 and chair of the East Commission from 1911. He was also secretary of numerous Congresses, and sat on the organizing committee of all, beginning with the 7th in Iaroslavl, through the 16th in Pskov, which never came to pass.

Shvarts, A. N.

A. N. Shvartz served briefly as Minister of Education, under Prime Minister Peter Stolypin, 1908-1910, dismissed from such liberal policies as wanting to open universities to women and increase the quota of Jewish students; he also wanted to close all student organizations, Left and Right, in hopes of depoliticizing them. As an educator, he had curated the educational districts of Moscow, Warsaw, and Riga. His academic specialty was Greek literature and epigraphy. In a side note, he had his colleague I. V. Tsvetaev dismissed from the Rumiantsev Museum over a false accusation of theft.

Orbeli, I. A.

An Armenian student who joined Marr on his excavations at Ani, Orbeli became one of the most prominent archeologists of the Armenian Caucasus, also conducting digs at Van and Urartu. However, his best known for his post-revolutionary career, when as director of the Hermitage he made its eastern collection among the best in the world. Skillfully, he managed to navigate the museum through the Stalinist repressions.

Miller, V. F.

Miller’s specialty lay in eastern languages and linguistics, but he was also engaged with byliny, Russia’s epic poetry. He replaced his teacher Buslaev at Moscow University.

Murkos, G. A.

An Orthodox Syrian, Murkos was one of only two Arabs to attain a professorship in Imperial Russia; educated first in Constantinople, he mastered Russian and become a Professor of Eastern Languages at the Lazarevskii Institute. He became politicized against Greek dominance of the Bulgarian Church, and also began to raise issues about the Koran; the Russian government toned him down, and he did well in academics, active in the eastern branch of the IMAO and translating an annotating his magnum opus, five volumes on as a translation and commentaries on travel account of the journey of patriarch of Antioch Makarius to the Moscow state (1652–1659).

Khakhanov, A. S.

The son of a Georgian priest, Khakhanov taught his native language at the Lazarevskii Institute, and maintained his interest in religion. He worked with Praskovia on her multi-volume Materials of the Archeology of the Caucasus, often translating inscriptions. He left behind copious publications upon his death from consumption.

Khalatiants, G. A.

From Erevan Province, Khalatiants taught ancient Armenian at the Lazarevskii Institute in Moscow, where he became an expert on manuscripts in that langugage.