Wim Coudenys is Professor of Russian and European (Cultural) History at the University of Leuven (Belgium). He specializes in Belgian/European–Russian relations, Russian emigration history, Russian historiography, imagology and translation. He is the author of 4 books, among them a biography of the prolific Russian writer Ivan Nazhivin (1999, in Dutch), a history of the Russian emigration in Belgium (Dutch edition 2004, Russian edition 2017 or 2018), an ‘alternative’ history of Russia (2014, in Dutch) and, most recently, a biography of Andrei Prezhbiano, the Russian military agent to Belgium during WWI (2017). Professor Coudenys is also a keen photographer and published, with Emmanuel Waegemans, a Journey from Saint-Petersburg to Moscow (Dutch 2011 & 2013, Russian 2013). As a Visiting Scholar at Stanford, Wim Coudenys will be doing research on Belgian-Russian intelligence collaboration on the eve of the First World War. Wim Coudenys is member of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution (UK), Chairman of the Association of Belgian Slavists and a board member of the International Committee of Slavists.