Taught at the Moscow Institute of Eastern Languages, 1898-1918, Professor from 1900. Taught at Kiev University, 1918-1941, on Iran and Turkey. Member of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences from 1918 until the early 1930s.
Wrote also on Ukrainian history. Wrote 3 books of poetry, Palmovye Vetki, 1901-1922, and the novel Andrei Logovskii, 1905. Was a close friend of Ivan Franko, Mikhail Kotsiubinskii and Lesia Ukrainka.
Born January 15, 1871