Polina is a graduate of the Department of History at National Research University — Higher School of Economics
, St. Petersburg (Soviet and Comintern policies towards Africa, the role of Soviet technical assistance in promoting development). In 2016-2017, she worked as a manager for Datagrav
, a Russian knowledge management IT-platform tailored for international affairs expertise. In 2017, she was promoted to the position of the Executive Director of the Intexpertise think tank and later became a Member of its Board. She is the main coordinator of the Russia-Africa Vision 2030 Report.