Lomonosov Moscow State University is the oldest university in the country. It was ranked No. 1 in Russia, according to the Webometrics ranking of world universities 2008. In 2008 it was also rated 70th globally in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and placed 183th according to Times Higher Education.

Moscow State University is ranked 50th globally among the ARWU top 100 world universities in Natural Sciences and Mathematics 2008.

Saint Petersburg State University is regarded as the second best university in Russia, placed 2nd nationally in the Webometrics ranking 2008, rated 239th globally in the THES 2007 ranking and 421st in the Global University Ranking by Wuhan University. It is also placed among the Top 150 European universities by THES-QS rankings, rated 101th in Europe.

List of top universities in Russia:

Perm State Technical University
Perm State University
Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics
Russian State University for the Humanities
Russian University of Peoples Friendship
Saint Petersburg Polytechnical University
Saint Petersburg State Conservatory
Saint Petersburg State Medical Academy
Saint Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics
Samara State University
Saratov State University
Siberian Federal University
South Ural State University
Southern Federal University
Tomsk Polytechnic University
Tomsk State University
Tyumen State Oil and Gas University
Bonch-Bruevich St. Petersburg State University of Telecommunications
European University at St Petersburg
Far Eastern National University
Gnessin State Musical College
Hertzen Russian State Pedagogical University
International University in Moscow
Kant Russian State University
Kazan State Technical University
Kazan State University
Lomonosov Moscow State University
Mendeleev Russian University of Chemistry and Technology
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Moscow Medical Academy
Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Moscow State Institute of Radio-engineering Electronics and Automation
Moscow State Technical University
Moscow State University
Nizhny Novgorod State University
Obninsk State Technical University for Nuclear Power Engineering
Oriental Institute

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek