This is my first post and I was wondering what do you call someone who studies Russia For a living like has an academic researcher or Scholar. A sentence would be I work has a -word-. Thanks in advance for any and all help.
The word Russologist is used to refer to persons who are experts on Russia.
Stanford's most accomplished Russologist returns home, to cheers (...)
I took McFaul's Russian Politics class back in 1996/1997, when he was still a rising Russologist.
(...)Rice = Sovietologist (her PhD was actually on Czechoslovakia, but her subsequent specialization came studying the Soviet Union.) Mike McFaul = Russologist (his research has concentrated on the post-Soviet Union collapse, and specifically the transition from Communism to what he hoped would be a liberal democracy (...)
Poet, translator and russologist Dr. Sajal Dey hails from Kolkata, West Bengal.
A distinguished Russologist, Jiri Valenta is a former consultant to the Reagan administration and among the few members (...)
Most foreign observers who knew Russia well (...) shared the belief that Russia was not doomed to perdition. They included Otto Hoetzsch, the leading German Russologist of his generation, (...)
Source: google books
More examples of use online: https://www.google.co.in/search?q=russologist
The term I have heard in academia in the US is Russianist, which Wiktionary defines as
A person who studies Russian language, culture or history.
Oxford Dictionaries offers the example sentence
‘The book is nothing less than "a celebration of personality," to cite the apt formulation of the distinguished Russianist John B. Dunlop.’
Presumably this was chosen to parallel the somewhat more common term Americanist, used for scholars (often political scientists) who study the US specifically.