History and modern times

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Moscow Public University, founded in 1908 through the initiative of Alfons L. Shanyavsky, an eminent Russian patron of arts, played a special role in Russian education.

Up to 1918, it was Russia’s first “free” university center unfettered by formal limitations and open to everyone “truly thirsting for knowledge”. It implemented the progressive principles of alternative education in conjunction with a sound academic foundation available to all.

In 2012, Russian State University for the Humanities celebrates the 100th anniversary of its main building, which belonged to Moscow Public University before the Russian Revolution of 1917.

Moscow State Institute for History and Archives was founded in 1930 for training archive studies specialists.

Over the years it became a center of academic research. In its archival pursuits in the areas of history and such auxiliary realms as the study of primary sources, archaeology and palaeontology, it managed to preserve the very best of the Russian research tradition.

By the beginning of the 1990s this institution achieved the level of “university”, which naturally enabled it to become the structural heart of RSUH, which was founded in 1991.

Several RSUH departments are located next door to the Kremlin. It is literally within a 5-minute walking distance. Thus our students can enjoy Medieval Rus architecture as well as the very heartbeat of Moscow, its main street Tverskaya.

Russian State University for the Humanities is one of the leading universities in Russia. Based on century-long traditions, it is also poised on the cutting edge of innovations. 

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