19.jpg Rakhamim Yashaevich Emanuilov was born in 1949. He graduated from Azerbaijan State University in 1972 with a degree in Oriental Studies, and for many years worked in Iran and Afghanistan. He is the Director of the Civilizations Interaction Group as part of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, and has a Ph.D .in History. Years 2009 - 2011 served as an Advisor to the Chairman of the Council of the Federation, of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, on relations between Russia and countries of the Near and Middle East and Central Asia.