Basilov Vladimir (1937–1998) – ethnographer, researcher of Shamanism.
Graduating from school in 1954, he entered the Historical Faculty of the Moscow State University, Department of Ethnography. Graduating from the university, he worked as Junior. Researcher at the Institute of Ethnography of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R. (group of the History of Religion).
From 1964 to 1967, Researcher at the Institute of Scientific Atheism of the Academy of Social Sciences under the Central Committee of the CPSU; Ph.D. thesis ‘Survivals of Pre-Islamic Beliefs in the Muslim Cult of Saints (on the Example of Turkmenistan)’ at the Institute of Economic Sciences of the U.S.S.R. in 1967. After that, Senior Researcher of the Institute of Ethnography of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R.; 1971-1978, Academic Secretary; from 1987 to 1998, Head of the Central Asia and Kazakhstan Sector of the same Institute (since 1991 - the Institute of Ethnography and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences).
Doctor in History – thesis ‘Islamized Shamanism among the Peoples of Central Asia and Kazakhstan’, 1991.