Vilen Sikorskiy (b. 1932) is Head of Department of Asian Languages at the Higher Course of Language Training in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As an academic, he has been a lifelong student of Southeast Asian literature and holds a Doctorate in Philology. Professor Sikorskiy is President of Nusantara Society of Moscow. Established almost half a century ago, this society brings together linguists, historians, cultural anthropologists and other Southeast Asian specialists, as well as people whose interest in this part of the world is not related to their profession. Among Professor Sikorskiy’s publications are translations of the works of modern Indonesian and Malaysian authors into Russian, as well as translations of Russian classics into Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia. He is First Vice-Chairman of the Russian Association for Cooperation and Friendship with Indonesia.