Abstract: During the era of the Big Game (1850-1917) Russia and the United Kingdom opposed to each other by the ways that were actively used after that during the Cold War. First of all, these are the attempts to buy the loyalty of the peoples and states in Central Asia in the conditions of insufficient information about the region. The following issue is studied: the relations between the Imperial Russian Geographical Society and the War Ministry at the performance of scientific expeditions to Xinjiang region, implemented by M.V. Pevtsov and N.F. Katanov almost simultaneously. The study used historical-genetic, historical-comparative and historical-typological method. It is concluded that the Russian studies in Central Asia made a complex intersection of domestic and foreign policy interests and a scientific research. In this respect, M.V. Pevtsov and N.F. Katanov traveling to Xinjiang implemented on virtually the same area and at the same time, provide a reference material for comparison.
Julia A. Martynova, Dmitry E. Martynov and Ramil M. Valeev, 2015. Scientific Travels by M.V. Pevtsov and N.F. Katanov in Eastern Turkestan (1889-1892). The Social Sciences, 10: 1964-1967.