The chairman of the Russian Historical Society shall represent the interests of the Society in the state government bodies, in the local self-government authorities, as well as in commercial, non-profit and international associations.
Sergei Naryshkin has been permanent chairman of the Russian Historical Society from the moment when it was restored in 2012. All major events, e.g., historical and documentary exhibitions, round tables, scientific conferences, presentations of publishing and documentary film projects, have been organized and implemented with his personal participation.
Sergei Naryshkin has also been chairman of the board of the National History Foundation that was created in 2016 by a decree of the President of Russia as an instrument for supporting the activities of the Russian Historical Society. Beyond that, Sergei Naryshkin heads the Steering Committee for the preparation of events related to the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First World War as well as the Steering Committee for supporting literature, publishing and reading in the Russian Federation.