Born March 14, 1960 in g. Yerevan, Armenian SSR. Father - Aram G. Katanyan
, conductor of the Yerevan Opera and Ballet Theater, professor of Yerevan Conservatory. Mother - Honored Artist of Armenia, a musician and teacher Natalia Popova. Among the prominent ancestors - great-Nil Fedorovich Filatov, the founder of Russia's Pediatrics, great-grandfather - Konstantin Solomonovich Saradzhaev, founder of the Soviet conductor school.
. In 1981 he graduated from the faculty of Russian language and literature at Yerevan State University, in 1990 - graduate of the Institute of Linguistics of the USSR
. In 1991 he defended his thesis. Candidate of Philology.
From 1981 to 1985 - sociologist, Yerevan Physics Institute. From 1985 to 1990 - Probationer-researcher, graduate student of the Institute of Linguistics of the USSR. From 1988 to 1991 was a member of the Soviet Sociological Association.
From 1990 to 1993 - Member of Sokolniki District Council of People's Deputies.
From 1991 to 1994 - deputy editor of the political newspaper "chimes". From 1994 to 1995 - a political columnist for The Voice.
. From 1994 to 1995 - political commentator news agency Interfax.
. From 1995 to 1998 - Explorer of the political "Nezavisimaya Gazeta".
. Since June 1998 - a columnist for Izvestia.
. Since 1992 collaborates with the weekly "Russian Thought" (Paris), from 1995 - with the radio station Ekho Moskvy, the magazine "Legal Gazette", etc.
. Since 1995 - Member of the Beer Lovers Party (PLP), but in his own words, "like it was beer, not the party."
. He was awarded the Defender of Free Russia. "
. Fluent in English and Armenian
. Married. Has a son.