Philippe Leterier, a French national, had a chance of visiting Moscow State University in the year 1963 and spending time there with Soviet students. He saw their everyday routines and made some photos which we have on display today:
At first a couple words about MSU – It was founded on 23 January 1755 by Mikhail Lomonosov. MSU was renamed after Lomonosov in 1940 and was then known as Lomonosov University. It also houses the tallest educational building in the world.
According to the 2018 QS World University Rankings, it is the highest-ranking Russian educational institution and is widely considered the most prestigious university in the former Soviet Union.
It was considered to be an elite place in Soviet times too – only best of the best – or children of top Communist part officials were accepted.
As of 2017, 13 Nobel laureates, 6 Fields Medal winners and 1 Turing Award winner have been affiliated with the university.
It is the alma mater of many famous writers such as Anton Chekhov and Ivan Turgenev, politicians such as Mikhail Gorbachev and Mikhail Suslov, as well as renowned mathematicians and physicists such as Boris Demidovich, Vladimir Arnold, and Andrey Kolmogorov.
A few more narrowly specialized Moscow colleges, including the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations were split off from MSU at one time or another and have since established strong reputations of their own.