Born February 23, 1952 in a working village Terbuny Lipetsk region in a large peasant family, Russian.
. He graduated from the College of Forestry and the correspondence department of the Saratov Agricultural Institute, as well as the Rostov Higher Party School.
. From 1973 to 1978 - the gamekeeper Dolgorukovsky forestry Terbunskij forestry; instructor Dolgorukovsky District Party Committee, Vice-Chairman - Secretary of the Party bureau farm "Path to Communism" Dolgorukovsky area.
. In 1978 - 84 - Chairman of the kolkhoz "Memory of Lenin" Dolgorukovsky area.
. Since 1985 - on party work.
. In 1989 - 91 - general director of "Lipetskvodmelioratsiya.
. In 1990 was elected to the Lipetsk Regional Council in 1990 - 92 led by the Agrarian Committee of the Regional Council
. In May 1992, was elected chairman of the Lipetsk Oblast Council of People's Deputies.
. 12 December 1993 was elected to the Federation Council.
. March 6, 1994 elected, and 10 March - Chairman of the Lipetsk Regional Assembly of Deputies.
. Since January 1996 - Member of the Federation Council of the new convocation.
. January 24, 1996 elected as one of four Vice-Presidents of the Federation Council.
. On May 6, 1996 - Member of the Board of Public Service under the President of Russia.
. March 10, 1997 entered into the State Commission for the agreement and reconciliation (as agreed).
. April 12, 1998, was elected Head of Administration of Lipetsk region.
. On April 22, 1999 - Chairman of the Federation Council to study the problem of combating corruption.
. Since September 1999 - Member of the Board of Directors of the Civil Code, the Agency for Restructuring Credit Organizations (ARCO).
. Wife - the health worker. Two children.