The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies

The quarterly peer-review academic journal.



  • Center for Vietnam and ASEAN Studies of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


The journal publishes original papers on various fields of Vietnamese studies: politics, economics, society, history, culture, philology, as well as reviews of scientific conferences dedicated to Vietnam, information on the defense of dissertations in Vietnamese studies, the most important official documents, book reviews about Vietnam and articles on leading Russian and Vietnamese scientists in this field.

The audience of the journal is scientists and academicians working in the area of Vietnamese studies, teachers and university students, as well as anyone interested in Vietnam.

Mission of the journal: integrate the results of scientific work of Russian and foreign scientists in various fields of Vietnamese studies into the international scientific space, be an international platform for scientific discussion, acquaint scientists and everyone interested in Vietnam with the latest research, scientific events and the latest literature about Vietnam.

Main research fields:

  • Historical sciences and archeology
  • Economic Sciences
  • Philological sciences (Literary criticism; Linguistics)
  • Sociological sciences
  • Political science
  • Culturology



  • Quarterly
  • Bilingual (accepts and publishes full-text manuscripts in English and Russian)
  • Platinum Open Access distribution model
  • No APC
  • CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International licence.


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Current Issue

Vol 7, No 1 (2023)

Scientific researches

Defense and economic cooperation of India and Vietnam in link with problems of the South China Sea
Fedorov N.V., Garin A.A.

The intensification of the rivalry between China and the United States for leading positions in the Asia-Pacific is projected onto other actors. India and Vietnam, among others, were involved in the US-China confrontation. Both of these states have disagreements with the PRC, but at the same time, cooperation with Beijing is an objective necessity for them. Under the circumstances, Hanoi and New Delhi are not only ready to balance China’s rising power in the Asia-Pacific by strengthening ties with the US, but are also developing their own partnership networks beyond the great powers.

This article examines the geostrategic aspects of cooperation between Hanoi and New Delhi. Special attention was paid to trade, economic and defense ties of both countries. At the same time, the paper provides an analysis of the Indian-Vietnamese partnership in the context of territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The provisions and conclusions given in this article are based on official documents and news agency reports, as well as research works of Russian and foreign scholars.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(1):5-16
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The resignation of president Nguyen Xuan Phuc and main features of the fight against corruption in Vietnam
Kolotov V.N.

The article presents an analysis of the situation in Vietnam after the resignation of President Nguyen Xuan Phuc. It is shown that for the first time as a result of a large-scale anti-corruption campaign a member of the “Big Four” was was dismissed, however, in general, there are no reasons for major changes in Vietnam’s foreign and domestic policy, as well as in relation to major foreign players and investors. According to the author, Vietnam, after top-level personnel rotation, will continue stable relations with foreign partners in the traditional “more friends, less enemies” format, and in domestic politics, the implementation of the decisions of the XIII Congress of the CPV will be continued. It is concluded that regular resignations and bringing to justice of compromised high-ranking officials and representatives of big business allow to maintain controllability of the country and high authority of the central apparatus of the CPV, which leads the process. Otherwise, the processes will begin to control the party, which can lead to a loss of power and unpredictable political changes.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(1):17-26
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Effects of financial contagion in Vietnam during the pandemic crisis
Ovcharov A.O.

The article discusses the features of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam in the context of the theory and methodology for identifying the effects of financial contagion. The Vietnamese economy in the 2000 demonstrated steady growth, which allowed minimizing many of the negative consequences of the pandemic. At the same time, the Vietnamese economy was exposed to financial contagion – the effects of the transmission of negative shocks from other countries and the subsequent spread between sectors of the national economy. These effects during the pandemic have been empirically confirmed. For this purpose, special tests and an extensive information base on the stock market were used. The results showed that Vietnam was exposed to pandemic shock from China, but was not a transmitter of financial contagion for other Asian countries. In addition, the article fixes the risks of contagion at the sectoral level – the most susceptible to contagion were industries such as trade, real estate and food.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(1):27-40
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Vietnamese students on social networks
Nguyên L.N.

With the rapid development of the Internet, social networks have a strong influence on all aspects of student life. The article focuses on the analysis of the use of popular online platforms by students and the role of the latter in the educational process, leisure activities, family relationships, establishing social contacts, etc. The author also shares some suggestions for improving the efficiency of the use of social networks by students.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(1):41-52
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Memory of Oc Eo ancient city and Funan Kingdom in light of recent archaeological discoveries
Bui M.T.

Oc Eo is a well-known archaeological culture in southern Vietnam, associated with the history of the Kingdom of Funan, which is a component of Vietnam's national history. In 2015, the Vietnamese government tasked the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences with coordinating the implementation of the "Research on the archaeological sites of Oc Eo – Ba The, Nen Chua (Oc Eo Culture in Southern Region)" project. This is the most extensive scientific project that has ever been conducted in Vietnam regarding the investigation of Oc Eo culture. Three leading units in the field of archaeology participated in this project: the Institute of Imperial Citadel Studies, the Institute of Archaeology, and the Institute of Social Sciences in the Southern region. The primary objective of the Project is to excavate and study the remains of the Oc Eo culture at the sites in Oc Eo – Ba The (Thoai Son district, An Giang province) and the Nen Chua (Hon Dat district, Kien Giang province) in order to collect data and clarify the history of the formation and development of the Oc Eo culture, as well as to investigate the position, function, and significance of the ancient city of Oc Eo.

After nearly four years of the project, many significant new results and vivid evidence of the formation and brilliant development of the Oc Eo culture from the first century CE to the eighth century CE have been obtained. This article will publish for the first time the results of new research on the ancient city of Ok Eo and the kingdom of Funan, based on the 2017-2020 archaeological excavations and surveys at the Oс Eo - Ba The and Nen Chua sites.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(1):53-67
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The Vietnamese weapons of the 17th century from the collection of the national museum of Netherlands. Part 2
Vetyukov V.A.

Current article is the second part of a research, dedicated to the collection of Oriental weapons of admiral Cornelis Tromp (1629-1691), which is now on display in the National Museum of Netherlands - Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam). Dutch museum-specialists approve that the wooden rack with the items of japanese-style cold weapons, firearms and weapon accessories, displayed on it, do originate from Tonkin (Northern Vietnam, in XVII century – the princedom of Đàng Ngoài). The author aims to check this approval and describes the constructive and decorative features of weapons, displayed on the rack. The weapons are typologically cathegorised as pole-arms, pole-bladed arms, bladed arms, throwing weapons and firearms. The author makes an attempt to confirm the existence of such weapons in Vietnam during the mentioned period. Several written and depictive sources are being considered in the article with that aim.

Concluding the research, the author makes following statements. The weapon-rack from the collection of Rijksmuseum is a precious material source on history of traditional weapons of South-East Asia. The weapons and weapon accessories, displayed on it, were highly likely manufactured in Tonkin (princedome of Đàng Ngoài) in first half- mid XVII century. The spears, sabers (swords), battle scythes/glaives and harquebuses do bear the traces of dominating influense of Japanese tradition. On the other hand, those items have some serious constructive differences (the way of fixing the blade/spearhead in a handle/pole and the shape of the harquebuse's butt).

The decorative elements of sabers are also interesting. They have engravings with the ornamental motifs, which are widespread in Vietnamese XVII century pictorial and decorative arts. An exemplar of a battle scythe, very similar to those ones from Rijksmuseum was discovered by the author on a photo made during the crownification celebrations in Huế in 1926.

The throwing weapons (two short bows) have the autochtonous construction confirmed by the depictive sources as well as the analogues in the museum-collections in Vietnam and abroad. The harquebuses come with the special overlay-covers which are not typical for the Japanese analogues.

The facts and statements, achieved during the research have a certain value for Vietnamese studies - especially for the history of Vietnamese traditional weapons, military tradition and material culture of Vietnam.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(1):68-81
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The moon, the sun, and stars in Vietnamese folk songs
Starikova E.O.

The article is devoted to astral imagery in Vietnamese folk poetry. Author of the study analyzes folk songs (ca dao) about the Moon, the Sun, stars and constellations, as well as about mythical characters associated with astral myths. Folk songs are cited in Vietnamese language and accompanied by a Russian translation made by the author of the research. Moon imagery is widely represented in Vietnamese folk poetry, as the Moon is associated with the time when love songs are sung. There are both autochthonous Vietnamese and Chinese images. Some of the images of the Chinese origin are very popular – as God of marriage Nguyet Lao, the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl. Other Sinitic images – as stars Sam and Thuong – are rare and rather literary. There are also autochthonous images in folk poetry, associated with Vietnamese mythology, with the legends of Cuoi, who lives on the Moon, with the legend of two brothers who turned into the Morning and Evening Stars.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(1):82-94
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Tonal features of Hà Tây dialect (The case of Quốc Oai variant)
Trinh C.L.

The goal of the paper is to study the tonal features of the Quốc Oai variant (former Hà Tây, Hà Nội nowaday). By use of instrumental phonetics, phonological description and comparative methods, the study presents the following results: (1) A description of tonal features of Quốc Oai using synchronic data; (2) A comparison of Quốc Oai with Thạch Thất tones and the urban Hà Nội tones to provide a broader view of Hà Tây tones; (3) A comparison of Quốc Oai tones with the tones of some neighboring Mường dialects in synchronous and chronological aspects, which help to establish a few details explaining the interesting nature of this dialect; (4) Finally, we also provide some interdisciplinary evidences to support the linguistic data. All kinds of data point to the idea that xứ Đoài, Ba Vì (including Quốc Oai in the past and present) is a mixed space of Việt-Mường culture. In this mixed space one may find similar features of all elements of culture, including linguistic similarities, especially in tones.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(1):95-106
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Official documents

Agreement on ending the war and restoring peace in Vietnam
The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(1):107-115
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To the 50th anniversary of the Paris agreement on Vietnam
Kobelev Y.V.

50 years ago, on January 27, 1973, «Agreement to end the war and restore peace in Vietnam» was signed in Paris. The article shows the vicissitudes of these negotiations, which lasted almost 5 years as a result of the fact that the United States stubbornly tried to force the DRV and the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam to accept the American terms of the future agreement.

The author analyzes the main reasons for the successful completion of lengthy negotiations and signing аn agreement that meets the fundamental interests of the Vietnamese people. Among them, he names the decisive role of the political and diplomatic efforts of the Soviet Union and in this connection, expresses regret that in recent years these efforts have been assessed somewhat differently in Vietnamese historiography. The author analyzes a number of the most characteristic publications of Vietnamese scientists, which frankly downplay the role of the Soviet Union in the successful completion of the Paris talks, and in this regard, suggests that these “fresh approaches@ may be dictated by the new strategic interests of Hanoi.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(1):116-124
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Scientific feat of the Russian vietnamists (to the end of the complete translation of the «Complete Annals of Dai Viet»)
Ryabinin A.L.

The review is given on the translation of the main monument of medieval Vietnamese historiography – "Complete Annals of Dai Viet" (Dai Viet su ky toan thu)", carried out by a team of Russian Vietnamese for 20 years. The history of the creation of the publication is considered in detail. The high professional level of the translation and numerous notes, the fundamental nature of the prefaces to each volume, and the large volume of appendices containing translations of Chinese sources about Vietnam of the described period are noted. This is the first and so far the only translation of the "Complete Annals of Dai Viet" into a foreign language, and its significance is great not only for Russian, but also for world Vietnamese studies.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(1):125-133
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The first translation of a Vietnam play into Russian
Andreeva I.I.

The review is provided for the book "Vu Dinh Long. The Cup of Poison", translated from Vietnamese into Russian by I. Britov. The first translation of the play into Russian was released on its centennial anniversary. Vu Dinh Long's play "The Cup of Poison" has an important historical and cultural significance since it marked the birth of the Vietnamese drama theater in 1921. This publication also includes a scientific apparatus, which consists of literary articles, translator's footnotes explaining Vietnamese realities, the original text of the play in Vietnamese and its first translation into French (1927), as well as a poem.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(1):134-139
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A book of interest not only to vietnamists
Sorokina E.A.

The review is given to V. A. Serbin’s monograph “Word Formation in the Terminological Vocabulary of the Modern Vietnamese Language”, which is a multidimensional study of the features of the existence of a military term and military terminology in the Vietnamese language system.

The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2023;7(1):140-141
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