Leonid Ivanovich Lavrov (1909-1982) was a key figure in Soviet ethnography from the 1930s onwards. While his experiences in the field and his work on the cultural history and epigraphic heritage of the Caucausus (the country of his childhood) reflected the political transformations of the USSR, he maintained a respectful attitude towards those lifestyles which seemed doomed to disappear with the communist project. It was from the 1960s that the effects of Soviet influence in this vast region became a priority subject, which he fully integrated into his own intellectual interests.
“Engaged with the Caucasus: Life and Work of Leonid Ivanovich Lavrov”
Julie Fairbanks, 2017
Leonid Ivanovich Lavrov (1909-1982) was a key figure in the Soviet ethnographic community.  His experiences and writings reflect the ideological shifts that took place in the USSR over the course of the twentieth century. Unlike some within his circle, Lavrov successfully navigated the instabilities of the Soviet era and emerged with a strong reputation as a researcher and a colleague. His appreciation for the nuances and complexity of (...)