Saint-Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences is one of the leading research institutions of the Russian Federation in Russian and general history. Many renowned scholars, well known both in Russia and abroad, work in the institute. Institute has a long history and established contacts with many outstanding foreign scholars. Institute of History regularly conducts nation-wide and international conferences, and issues leading scientific journals. Institute prepares the best specialists by carrying out specially designed post-graduate and doctoral programmes. Saint-Petersburg Institute of History also comprises a scientific archive and the branch of the Academy of Sciences' library.