Since 2008 the editors initiated the preparation of thematic issues. 

Upcoming releases, the themes and deadlines for materials to publish:
2017 No.2
The theme:
"The socio-political processes in Baikal Asia region"
Deadline: April, 16th, 2017
2017 No.3
The theme:
"V.K. Arsenyev at the origins of comprehensive regional studies of the Russian Far East"
Deadline: July, 16th, 2017
2016 3 2016 4

The Baikal Asia region is a geocultural sphere of Russian and Mongolian world’s interaction. The central object, defined not only the name of the region, but its natural-climatic, social, economic characteristics, is Baikal Lake. In this regard, the Baikal Asia region is one of the most strategically important one for the Russian Federation that is determined by the natural resources, territory, geopolitical position. This transborder space is a multi-component structure of the interaction of social systems (including economic, political, and cultural components) of Russia, Mongolia, and China. The Baikal region becomes a provider and an important node of interaction in Northeast Asia. The question is who will control this buffer zone? What is the mechanism of its political system, and what are the difficulties faced by the ruling elite? What is the social structure of communities living in the area? What are the trends in the sphere of interaction of different social groups? These and other issues will be considered in the thematic section of the journal.


In 2017 marks 145 years since the birth of Vladimir Klavdievich Arsenyev – the traveler, scholar, and researcher. The activity of V.K. Arsenyev was versatile and multifaceted. The thematic section of the issue will review the activities and works of V.K. Arsenyev as one of the founders of comprehensive regional studies of the Russian Far East. The colonization of the Far East included the interaction of a variety of peoples and social groups in conditions of their small size and vast unpopulated and little-known spaces. The indigenous peoples of the Far East, the Old Believers, and Russian peasants in a new and unfamiliar environment for them – all this required a comprehensive study, without which development of the region would be difficult, if not altogether impossible. Regional studies had not yet been formed as the independent scientific field, and V.K. Arsenyev worked at the intersection of ethnography, history and geography. It was his works in these areas of science that laid the foundations of our scientific knowledge about the region. The authors of the thematic section will analyze the way passed by V.K. Arsenyev in their studies and travels.

For information on the principles of preparation and processing of materials for submission to the Editor, please, refer to the section «Guidelines».