Department Head of African Languages from 1965 to 1988.
Natalya Okhotina was born in 1927 in Leningrad. Being teenager, she survived the Siege of Leningrad.
In 1952 Natalya Okhotina graduated from the Faculty of Oriental Studies of Leningrad State University in the specialty in Oriental Philology (Swahili), and in 1955 she graduated from the graduate school of LSU and in 1956 she got PhD thesis in Zulu language.
In 1955-60 she worked in the Africa department of the Institute of Ethnography of the USSR Academy of Sciences in Leningrad.
In 1960 she began teaching at the Department of African Studies at the Institute of Oriental languages by MSU; served as Head Department.
In 1965 Natalya Okhotina created Section of African Languages; in short time she gathered the team and organized the whole work. She was Head Department to 1988. From 1988 to 1996 she worked as a consultant.
Natalya Okhotina is the author of scientific works on Swahili, Zulu and Bantu languages in general, as well as practical manuals on Swahili.
1956: Zulu locative form.
1985: Conciliation classes in Eastern and Southern Bantu languages. Communicative status and grammatical structure.
- Natalya Okhotina. 1961. Yazyk zulu. [Zulu language.]. Moscow: Eastern Literature Publishing House.
- Natalya Okhotina. Natalya Feydorova. Irina Yakovleva. 1963. Russko-suakhiliiskii razgovornik. [Russian-Swahili phrasebook.]. Moscow: Eastern Literature Publishing House.
- Natalya Okhotina. 1983. Vvedenie v afrikanistiku. Uchebnoe posobie. [Introduction to African Studies. Tutorial.]. M .: UDN.
- Natalya Okhotina, Nelli Gromova. 1995. Teoreticheskaya grammatika yazyka suakhili. [Theoretical grammar of the Swahili language.]. M .: Nasledie.
Book (Responsible Editor)
- Brauner, Siegmund; Ochotina, N.V. (hrsg.). 1982. Studien zur nationalsprachlichen Entwicklung in Afrika. Soziolinguistische und sprachpolitische Probleme. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag.