Anatoly Novoseltsev

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Anatoly Petrovich Novoseltsev (Анатолий Петрович Новосельцев; 1933, Irkutsk – 1995) was a Russian orientalist who brought to light and translated into Russian a slew of obscure Persian and Arab documents relating to the early history of Kievan Rus'.

Together with Vladimir Pashuto he authored The Foreign Policy of Ancient Rus (1968), a groundbreaking study that demonstrated that Rus' had been as active in the Caucasus and Central Asia as it had been in Europe.[1] He later published a sketch of the history of Khazaria and opposed the Anti-Normanist dogma perpetuated in the official Soviet historiography inter alia by Boris Rybakov.

Novoseltsev was elected a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1984.[2] He managed the Russian History Institute, affiliated with the Academy of Sciences, between 1988 and 1993. He was succeeded by Andrey Nikolayevich Sakharov.