Novy Vostok
CategoriesOriental studies magazine
FounderAll Union Scientific Association for Oriental Studies
Final issue1930
CountrySoviet Union
Based inMoscow

Novy Vostok (Russian: New Orient or New East) was a Russian language semi-official Soviet Oriental studies magazine which existed between 1922 and 1930. It was the organ of the All Union Scientific Association for Oriental Studies (VNAV).[1]

History and profile

Novy Vostok was started by the VNAV in Moscow in 1922.[2][3] The VNAV was also established the same year and headed by M. Pavlovich Veltman, pseudonym of Mikhail Veltman.[2] The magazine was a semi-official review,[4] and in the first issue the editorial declared that Asian territories had been part of Russia which was also an Asian state.[5] Novy Vostok featured articles on the Oriental studies which guided the activities of the Soviet policy makers.[2] Political events in not only Asian countries but also Arab countries were discussed in detail in the magazine.[6] It also covered discussions about the internal topics such as the role of national bourgeoisie.[7] One of the contributors was Viktor Arkadevich May who published articles under the pseudonym Mokhtadir Sendzhabi.[8]

Novy Vostok folded in 1930 after producing a total of 28 issues.[3][9] There was no significant publication concerning the Oriental studies in the Soviet until the end of World War II.[8]


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  4. ^ S. D. (June 1927). "Chronicle. Russia". The Slavonic Review. 6 (16): 208. JSTOR 4202151.
  5. ^ Chris Miller (2021). We Shall Be Masters: Russian Pivots to East Asia from Peter the Great to Putin. Cambridge, MA; London: Harvard University Press. p. 112. ISBN 978-0-674-25933-1.
  6. ^ John Baldry (January 1984). "Soviet Relations with Saudi Arabia and the Yemen 1917-1938". Middle Eastern Studies. 20 (1): 67. doi:10.1080/00263208408700571.
  7. ^ Jane Degras, ed. (2014). Communist International: Documents, 1919-1943. London; New York: Routledge. p. 2. ISBN 978-1-136-24653-1.
  8. ^ a b Inessa Axelrod-Rubin. "The Jewish contribution to the development of Oriental studies in the USSR". In Jack Miller (ed.). Jews in Soviet Culture. New Brunswick, NJ; London: Transaction Books. pp. 264, 271. ISBN 978-1-4128-2694-5.
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