Born October 18, 1941 in the village Tyrnyauz Kabardino-Balkaria, Kabardian.
Graduated from the Kabardino-Balkar State University (1964), Rostov Higher Party School (1978). Ph.D. in Economics.
Since 1964 - the chief agronomist of the collective farm "Labor mountaineer" Baksan region of Kabardino-Balkaria. In 1966 graduate studies VNII Agriculture. Since 1970 - Senior Economist, Head of the Department of Labor and wages of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kabardino-Balkaria.
Since 1972 - Director of the farm "Leskenskij" Urvanskij region of Kabardino-Balkaria. In 1974 the farm had been audited, identified serious violations: theft, annotation, false attacks. A criminal case, but the punishment had only ordinary performers.
. From 1974 - on party work.
. Since 1983 - Chairman of the State Committee of Kabardino-Balkaria on the production and technical support of agriculture.
. From 1985 to 1990 - at the party work
. Deputy of the Supreme Council (SC), Kabardino-Balkaria in 1975.
. March 4, 1990 was elected deputy of the RSFSR and the deputy of the Supreme Council of Kabardino-Balkaria.
. On March 30, 1990 - the Supreme Court chairman of Kabardino-Balkaria.
. August 29, 1991, resigned
. After that, he worked first deputy chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic.
. January 5, 1992, was elected president of Kabardino-Balkaria.
. 12 December 1993 was elected to the Federation Council.
. In 1994 made a small pilgrimage to Mecca in the governmental delegation.
. Since January 1996 - Member of the Federation Council of the second convocation of the post
. Vice-Chairman of the Federation Council.
. From May 1996 - Member of the National Economic Council.
. January 12, 1997 was re-elected president of Kabardino-Balkaria.
. On March 7, 1997 - Deputy Chairman of the Federal Commission on Chechnya.
. He has a son, daughter and granddaughter
. His wife and daughter - the doctors, a son who works at a factory in Nalchik.