Born in 1960 in Bugulma (Tatar ASSR).
1979: Graduated from the conducting and choral department at the Moscow State Institute of Culture. 19791982: Worked as a singing teacher at Moscow schools Nos. 578 and 91.
1987: Graduated from the faculty of History at the Moscow State Correspondence Pedagogical Institute. From 1982: Worked as a teacher of history for high-school students at Moscow School No. 91.
1987: Entered the full-time doctorate programme at the Institute of History of the USSR Academy of Sciences. 1990: Defended her PhD thesis, on «The Soviet State and the Russian Orthodox Churchs Patriotic Activity during the Great Patriotic War.»
19902004: Worked at the Institute of History of the USSR Academy of Sciences. Was promoted from a research assistant to a leading researcher and head of the Centre for the History of Religion and the Church of the Russian History Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
1999: Defended the doctoral thesis on «The Russian Orthodox Church in the Policy of the Soviet State in 19431948» at the Russian Academy of Sciences Russian History Institute.
2002: Appointed head of the religious studies department at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
2007: Graduated from the Russian Foreign Ministrys Diplomatic Academy with a degree in international relations.
February 2012: Appointed Deputy Director of the Governments Department of Culture.
Early 2013: Appointed Deputy Head of the Presidential Social Projects Directorate, where she oversaw issues related to the implementation of educational social projects and cooperation with public and other civil associations.
19 August 2016: Appointed Minister of Education and Science by Presidential Executive Order. She held this position until January 2020.
2005: Awarded the academic title of professor. Three doctoral dissertations and over 25 PhD theses have been defended under her guidance.
Author of over 160 scientific articles and 8 monographs.