Emil Pain is a professor at the National Research University–Higher School of Economics, Moscow, and the General Director of the Center for Ethno-Political Studies. Adviser to the President of Russia (1996-1999). In 1996 – head of the President’s working group on the ending of hostilities and settlement of the situation in the Chechen Republic.

Pain is a political scientist and ethnographer, one of the founders of the scientific discipline “Ethnopolitology” in Russia. He is the author and editor of 17 books and over 400 articles, including publications indexed in the Scopus and Web of Science databases. The works of E. Pain are devoted to a number of problems, including relations between the Russian republics and the federal center, ethnic and religious extremism in Russia, ethnic conflicts, and migration.

Pain is the first winner of the G. Starovoitova prize in the field of conflictology (2000). In 2004, he was awarded the Tolerance International Foundation with a gold medal “for outstanding achievements in the field of sociological and historical research, contributing to the resolution of ethnic conflicts in Russian regions.”

Since 2006, he has been a member of the international panel of jury of the OSCE High Commissioner on Minorities. The panel awards the “Max Van der Stoel Award” (“Van der Stoel Award” for substantial contribution to improving the situation of national minorities in the OSCE region ”.

Pain is a member of the editorial board of the journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences: “Social Sciences and the Present.”