Born April 19, 1941 in g. Sochi.
. In 1964 he graduated from the Faculty of Journalism.
. From 1963 to 1975 - an intern, reporter, editor of the department, editor of the first band, the deputy editor of the newspaper "Komsomolskaya Pravda".
. In 1975 - 78 - Deputy Director General Telegraphic Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS).
. From 1978 to 1986 - deputy head of the Division of International Information CPSU Central Committee.
. From 1986 to 1990 - Chief editor of "New Era".
. In 1990 he was appointed Assistant, then - head of the presidential press service of the USSR M
. S. Gorbachev.
From January 1995 - Member of the Board of "Russia's Public Television" (ORTV), deputy, and then - the first deputy chairman of the Board of "ORTV.
From 1 June 1995 - Deputy Prime Minister. Supervised issues with the media.
In 1996, with Russia's side was negotiating the release of the Tatar pilots captured by Taliban militants. In February 1997, was negotiating with one of the commanders of the Tajik fighters Bohromom Sodirov to release hostages.
. Since 1997 - Member of the Board of Directors IJSC RESO-Garantia.
. February 12, 1998, was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of ORT.
. Member of the International Academy of Informatization.
. Laureate of the Union of Journalists of the USSR (1975).
. He has state awards.
. Author of several books and more than twenty scripts for films.
. He is fond of tennis.
. Speaks English.
. Has a son.