Born April 3, 1958 in Leningrad, Russian.
His father, a scholar-ship engineers, working in the St. Petersburg Research Institute of the Navy, his mother - an economist.
In 1980 she graduated from the Leningrad Financial-Economic Institute (LFEI) in the specialty of economist. Doctor of Economic Sciences.
. In 1980 - 91 - Officer of the problem laboratory of the regional economic research LFEI.
. In 1991 - 93 - Head of the Regional Diagnostic Laboratory of St. Petersburg University of Economics and Finance.
. 12 December 1993 was elected deputy of the State Duma of the first convocation.
. 17 December 1995 was elected to the new State Duma.
. On April 30, 1998 to September 30, 1998 - Minister of Labor and Social Development in the government of Sergei Kiriyenko.
. In July 1998, became one of the founders of the political movement "Northern capital".
. July 10, 1998 was included in the composition of the Commission of the RF Government on economic reform.
. Since September 1998 she taught at St. Petersburg University of Economics and Finance.
. 19 December 1999 was elected deputy of the State Duma of the third convocation.
. January 26, 2000, was elected deputy chairman of the Duma Committee for Budget and Taxes.
. Author of several scientific papers and publications.
Married to a State Duma deputy Ivan Grachev. In June 1995, a son.
He is fond of mountain skiing.