Vladimir Nikolaevich Zakharov is Doctor of Philology, Professor, Head of the Department of Russian Literature and Journalism at Petrozavodsk State University, whose researches on fundamental, historical and literary problems of Russian literature, Dostoevsky’s creative work, text studies and information technologies in philological studies and education are highly recognized in academic community. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the complete works of Dostoevsky with the author’s spelling and punctuation (issued by Petrozavodsk State University Publishing house since 1995), of series publications «The Problems of Historical Poetics» (since 1990) and «The Problems of text studies of Dostoevsky’s works» (since 2009), of electronic journal «The Unknown Dostoevsky» (since 2014). He is the member of the Editorial Boards of certain international and Russian scientific publications and the President of International Dostoevsky Society, the author of four monographs and over 300 scientific articles.
In 1972 he graduated from the faculty of History at Petrozavodsk State University and began his career as a lecturer at PetrSU. In 1975 he defended his PhD thesis entitled «Fantasy in the aesthetics and creation of F.M. Dostoevsky», and in 1988 his doctoral thesis entitled «The System of Genres of Dostoevsky: typology and poetics». Since 1985 up to present he has been the Head of the Department of Russian Literature and Journalism at PetrSU. Before 2001 he was the Dean of Philology at PetrSU. Since October 2001 he is a fellow of Russian Humanitarian Scientific Foundation.