Larisa BITKAEVA currently works with leaders of ethnic communities in the Center of Interethnic Cooperation.

L. Bitkaeva graduated from the Geographical Department of the Checnhya-Ingush State University. During her studies she had the opportunity, as a high-ranking official for the school's youth organization and the Young Communist League, to take field site visits enabling her to work on practical field work involving soil studies. She took post-graduate courses in the challenges surrounding landscape desertification at the Checnihya-Ingush State University ultimately finishing her doctorate at the Moscow State University.

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