The Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages / Moscow State Linguistic University

University Governance

Acting Rector of Moscow State Linguistic University
Irina Arkadievna KRAYEVA


– A Biography

Irina A. Krayeva received her first degree cum laude in teaching English and French from 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. Krayeva joined the Department of English as a Second Foreign Language, Faculty of Translation and Interpreting where 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. Krayeva was Dean of the Faculty of English at MSLU and Professor of the Department of English Lexicology.

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

In January 2017 Professor Krayeva 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 Krayeva has published more than 50 books, students' books and scholarly papers in her field.

Irina A. Krayeva 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 Acting Rector

Innara A. Guseinova

Vice-Rector for Research


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.

Irina A. Smoliannikova

Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs


Irina A. Smoliannikova was born in 1959. She received her first degree in teaching English and German from the Maurice Thorez Moscow State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages (currently MSLU). Later she completed her second degree in Law at MSLU. Professor Smoliannikova holds a PhD in Pedagogy. She is a tenured associate professor and an academic advisor to full-time and external PhD students.

From 1987 to 2001, Irina Smoliannikova was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of English (later the Department of Humanities and Applied Sciences) and since 2004, she has been Associate Professor at the Department of Linguistics and English for Legal Purposes at the Faculty of Law. Professor Smoliannikova has been Academic Secretary of MSLU PhD and Doctoral Dissertation Boards in Pedagogy since 2004 and Academic Secretary of MSLU Academic Board since 2013.

She is the author of academic and teaching guides.

Professor Smoliannikova holds awards from the government of the Russian Federation.

Viktor N. Yegorov

Vice-Rector for Human Resources and for Regional and International Development


Victor Yegorov was born in 1961. He holds three degrees: in History (1973), in Politics (cum laude,1976) and in Diplomacy (cum laude, 1982).

From 1985 to 1990, he served as Attaché and later as Third Secretary of the Soviet Embassy in Switzerland. From 1990 to 2000, he went on short missions to a number of countries in Western Europe and the Americas.

From 2001 to 2016, Mr.Yegorov served as Vice-Rector of MSLU for Development and Director of the Centre for Languages and Cultures of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

Since 2017, he has been Vice-Rector for Human Resources and for Regional and International Development.

Mr. Yegorov is an Honored Worker of Higher Professional Education, holder of state orders and medals and a letter of recognition from the CIS Executive Committee.

He is father to a son and a daughter.

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

Institutes and Faculties

  • Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages
    Prof. Galina Borisovna VORONINA

  • Faculty of English
    tel.: +7 499 245 2587

  • Faculty of German
    Prof. Galina Borisovna VORONINA, tel.: +7 499 245 3916

  • Faculty of French
    Yuliya Nikolaevna SDOBNOVA tel.: +7 499 766 9236

  • Faculty of Translation and Interpreting
    Dean, tel.: +7 499 245 2350

  • Institute for Applied and Mathematical Linguistics

  • Institute of International Relations and Social and Political Sciences
    Dr. Arsen Yakovlevich KASYUK, tel.: +7 499 246 1982

  • Faculty of Law
    Ivan Ivanovich VASILISHIN, tel.: +7 499 766 9035

  • Faculty of Computer and IT Security
    Dr. Anatoliy Valerievich TSAREGORODTSEV, tel.: +7 495 695 1420

  • Faculty for International Students
    Eduard Konstantinovich KOVALEV, tel.: +7 499 245 3879

  • Faculty of Distance Education
    Nadezhda Nikolaevna DANILOVA, tel.: +7 499 268 4785

  • Faculty of Continuing Education
    Alla Valerievna AHISCHENKO, tel.: +7 499 766 4327