About me

I am a scholar interested in a vast gamut of topics connected to philosophy of culture, psychological roots of religion, and social functions of religion and esotericism. I am also fascinated with programming and data science and explore intersections between humanities and new technologies.

Curriculum Vitae


  1. Soviet Atlantis: Between Science Fiction and Esoteric Communities
    Literary History, vol. 52, no. 171, p. 123-147, 2020
  2. Esoteric Poetry in the Late USSR: The Case of Jan Koltunov
    Esotericism, Literature and Culture in Central and Eastern Europe, p. 175-182, 2018
  3. Astral Karate as a Phenomenon of Late-Soviet Esoteric Underground
    Open Theology, 3, p. 408-416, 2017
  4. Cosmic Feminine in "Synthetic Esoteric Philosophy" of Vladimir Shmakov
    La Rosa di Paracelso, 1, p. 67-73, 2017
  5. Reception of Audio-Visual Entrainment in Contemporary Esoteric Doctrines – with Julija Kobrinovich
    Mystic and Esoteric Movements in Theory and Practice: Mysticism and Esotericism in the World of Technologies, p. 72-81, 2017
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Castaneda and the Soviet Union

Published: 2020-07-31

For some, a popularity of Carlos Castaneda in Soviet and post-Soviet esoteric milieu comes as a surprise. In this post, I will try to briefly discuss reasons of popularity of Castaneda in Russia and a way in which his works were adopted in post-Soviet context.


Interview with Glenn Alexander Magee

Published: 2016-12-28

A year ago I interviewed an American scholar Glenn Magee, the author of Hegel and the Hemetic Tradition and the editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Western Mysticism, for a Russian journal Research in Religious Studies. The interview was published in Russian in issue 2(12)/2015 of the journal (pp. 109-117).


Digital humanities

Greek Transliterator

Use Beta Code and get an equivalent Greek text as an output. Supports diacritics.


A collection of timelines of the history of religion, philosophy, and esotericism that might be helpful for students and scholars.

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