The Institute of Russian Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies was established as the Institute of the Soviet Union and East European Issues on January 13, 1972 in Seoul. In those days, the international community was dominated by cold war ideology, which made any communication or exchange between the Republic of Korea and the Communist bloc virtually impossible. The IRS was the first research center that began collecting and examining periodicals from the Soviet Union, North Korea, and other socialist states. Being the only Soviet Union and East European Issues research institute in Korea, the IRS was able to obtain an unrivaled position in this field. In a country where little research was being conducted on socialism, the IRS exerted a strong influence on the direction of these studies, leading the discourse on communism. From the early 1990s the IRS began to narrow its research subjects to Russia and the CIS region. Concentrated studies on the economies, politics, societies and cultures of the CIS region and Russia became the focus of the Institute. In 1993, the Institute officially changed its name to the Institute of Russian Studies, and in July of 1999, due to space constraints, the IRS relocated to Hankuk University’s Global Campus in Yongin.

The IRS regularly invites distinguished scholars from Russia and other parts of the world to give special talks.
Invited speakers come from diverse academic fields, including politics, economics, and literature.

1.HK Director

Name Degree Career
Pyo Sangyong more Ph.D., University of Marburg, Linguistics
  • 2019~ Director of Institute of Russian Studies, HUFS
  • 2019~ Library Director of HUFS
  • 2010~2016 Director of the Corporate affairs, HUFS
  • 1998~ Professor of Department of Russian Language, HUFS

2.HK Professor

Name Education Specialty Detailed Specialty
Min Soo Kim more Ph.D., Chita State University
Linguistics Semantics, Philosophy of Language
Joonseo Song more Ph.D in history
(Michigan State University)
History Borderlands, Local identities, Memory of war
Ji Yeon Lee more PhD(Institute of Russian
Literature, Academy
of Science of Russian
Russian Literature 20th Century Russian Literature and Russian Avant-garde Culture, Contemporary Russian Literature and Culture
Woo Ik Choi more Ph. D. in Sociology
at Moscow State University
Sociology Social Stratification, Population
Sung-Woo Hwang more Ph. D. Politics
at Hankuk University
of Foreign Studies
History History, Culture, and Area Studies

3.HK Research Professor

Name Education Specialty Detailed Specialty
Seun Rae Kim more M.A Ph.D in Political science,
IMEMO in Moscow, Russia
Political Science Russian Politics
Joon Seok Kim more PhD, Institute of Russian Literature RAN Russian Literature Russian Literature, Culture
Hye Jin Kim more Ph.D, Moscow State University Ethnology Ethnic Groups, Diaspora, Folklore
Seung Do Ra more University of Texas at Austin Russian Literature, Cinema, Culture Russian Literature, Cinema, Culture
Keon Joo Eo more Ph.D. in Russian Literature,
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Linguistics Syntax, Semantics


Name Degree Major Affiliation
Kim Soohwan Ph.D., Institute of Russian Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences Russian Literature Department of Russian Language, HUFS
Jeh Sunghoon Ph.D., Moscow State University Politics Department of Russian Language, HUFS