The Novosibirsk State University shares the second place in the ranking for 2014/2015 with the Czech Charles University in Prague, while the St. Petersburg State University is ranked seventh.
The list published by the world's most renowned ranking agency also includes the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (17) and the Bauman Moscow State Technical University (21).
The rankings are compiled in consultation with the QS Global Academic Advisory Board and are widely used by applicants and students as well as university specialists and governments around the world.
The Moscow State University was ranked in the top five of the 2015 BRICS and emerging-economies university rankings unveiled by the Times Higher Education magazine on December 4. The top-100 list also includes seven Russian universities.