Lyubov Shishelina is a Doctor of Sciences (history). Currently she is heading the Department for the Studies of Central and Eastern Europe at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Europe. In 2006 she had also established the Visegrad Research Center – the only Russian analytical center specializing in the studies of the region. For 10 years she had been Professor at the Chair of Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Russian State University of Humanities and at the Chair for Social Sciences at Hungarian János Kodolányi University College. Currently she is the Honorary Professor at this University and since 2015 a member of the Foreign Corps of Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In 2010 she had been awarded the Knight’s Cross of the State Order of Hungary. Since 1994 she is a permanent chair of the International scientific conference “Russia and Central Europe in the new Geopolitical Realities”, the author of seven monographs and more than 200 articles, the editor-in-chief of the series of books on relations between Russia and Central Europe (by now – 11) as well as the editor of the annual Visegrad issue of the RAS scientific magazine “Modern Europe”.