The next available expeditions are scheduled for

Team I :  May 20-31, 2002

Team II :  June 4-16, 2002

Team III: June 19-30, 2002

Team IV: July 4-16, 2002

Team V: July 19-30, 2002

Team VI: August 2-11, 2002 New!!!

Team VII :  January 5-15, 2003 New!!! WELCOME! CONTACT US:

 Welcome to the Unknown Russia

    The scholars from the Institute of World Literature (Russian Academy of Sciences) Yelena and Sergey Minyonok are delighted to welcome you to the research project Russian Folklore Expedition. Over six field seasons our program has been approved for Earthwatch Institute support (1995-2000). Thanks to generous inputs of 131 volunteers from 12 countries we successfully investigated more then 78 villages, and recorded 1315 songs, more then 4000 mythological stories, videotaped 36 folklore rituals, etc. But these six years were not enough to succeed in recording, regulating, systematizing, and explaining all the phenomena of spiritual and material culture, which we meet. Nowadays we again welcome volunteers to help us to continue our project.

Photo Maria Rohde

    Thank you to all who are ready to help us! Through your efforts we have an opportunity to document unique Russian traditions from oblivion. Please, for any information about participation in the Russian Folklore Expedition send your e-mail directly to Principle Investigators Yelena and Sergey Minyonok at: 



Contact Information

Telephone (095) 952-6583
FAX 095-200-3216
Postal address Russia, Moscow, 121069, Povarskaya st., 25A
Electronic mail



University of Virginia Slavic Languages & Literatures Dept.Dr. Natalie Kononenko

University of Wisconsin Dr. James Bailey

University of Colorado   at Boulder Dept. of Germanic and Slavic Languages & Lits Dr._ Laura J. Olson 

Think Conveyancing Sydney Dr._ Frank Kedron 

Slavic and East European Folklore Association (SEEFA)

University of Kentucky Russian and Eastern Studies and Linguistics Dr. J.Rouhier- Willoughby

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