Born July 22, 1954 in Moscow.
In 1976 he graduated from the Faculty of Moscow State University. Candidate of Legal Sciences.
. In 1983 - 93 - Lawyer of the Moscow City Bar Association.
. To 39 years' time to take part in several noisy processes: defending the former deputy minister of foreign trade Sushkov (bribes), . Director of the East-Handelsbank "Karnauha (embezzlement and abuse of office), . First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Churbanova etc.,
. In 1990 became the legal director of the Fund "Cultural Initiative" (Soros Foundation), and in February 1992 led the Fund.
. From June to November 1993 - Head of the Office of Interdepartmental Commission of the RF Security Council to combat crime and corruption.
. In December 1993 he was elected to the State Duma.
. From 20 to 21 January and 22 June 1994 was a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
. From 21 January to 22 June 1994 - Member of the Committee on legislation and judicial and legal reform.
. In December 1995, was elected to the State Duma in Moscow.
. Prior to April 1997 was president of Russia Chess Federation.
. October 22, 1998 was appointed a member of the Board of State Tax Service of Russia.
. 30 July 1999 approved member of the board of the RF Ministry of Taxes and Duties.
. From March 2000 - Chairman of the Expert Council on tax legislation in the State Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes.
. In 1991 - 92 participated in the trial of the CPSU as a prosecutor.