has a PhD in History and a Master’s Degree in Slavistics, and is currently teaching at the University of Leuven, campus Antwerp. He has published on the history of Central Europe in the Middle Ages and on the relations between Russians and Belgians in the past two centuries. His most important academic books are: Antwerpen en zijn ‘Russen’ [Antwerp and its ‘Russians’], 1814–1914 (1993), Geschiedenis van Hongarije van Árpád tot Árpád Göncz [History of Hungary from Árpád till Árpád Göncz] (2003), and ‘Russkoe Kongo’ [‘Russian Congo’], 1870–1970 (2009, vol. 1–2, 520+640 p.) on history of Russians in Central Africa from 1870 till 1970.
Many specialists also appreciate his Regiony Rossii [Regions of Russia] (1996 and 1999), a textbook on Russia today for foreign students of Slavistics and Translation Studies; Russen en Belgen: is het water te diep? [Russians And Belgians: is the water too deep?] (1998) on everyday cultural differences between both countries; Zdravstvuyte, Mister Nayf! [Hello Mr. Knife] (1999), a small guidebook on the transliteration of names from several European languages into Russian; and Media i millennium [Media and Millennium] (2002),