Born August 22, 1928. Province of Ryazan. He graduated from the MGIMO. Doctor of Historical Sciences. Chevalier many orders and medals of the author of several publications and books "hard times". Preparing to publish his book about Fidel Castro. Rector of the Institute security Enterprise. Permanent expert of the TV program "Russian House".
Member of the Ibero-American Center at the Alumni Association MGIMO.
He served in the army (in VDV).
From 1958 to 1991. served in the USSR State Security Committee, was deputy chief of the First Main Directorate (foreign intelligence service), the KGB of the USSR, Head of Analytical Department of the KGB of the USSR.
Immediately after the events of August 1991 filed a report on the resignation
. Following the resignation has been active in teaching and journalistic activities.
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