Born September 1, 1934 in the village Setovka Soviet District of the Altai Territory in the family working MTS, Russian.
. In 1951 he entered the international legal department of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), in 1954, joined the Agricultural Academy
. Timiryazeva, from which he graduated in 1958. In 1956 - 58 he studied also at the Department of Germanic languages at the Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages. Maurice Thorez.
Since 1958 - the chief agronomist Stupino district, Moscow region, the chief agronomist of the farm "City". Since 1961 - Director of the farm "Lenin's Testament", then - President of the joint stock company (JSC) "Lenin's Testament".
. March 18, 1990 was elected a deputy of the RSFSR.
. On February 26, 1993 - Chairman of the Agrarian Party of Russia (APR).
. 12 December 1993 was elected to the State Duma of the first convocation.
. May 31, 1998 was re-elected to the State Duma.
. 19 December 1999 was elected to the State Duma of the third convocation.
. He speaks German (fluent), as well as the Swedish, Danish and Norwegian languages.
. Likes to read the works of Leo Tolstoy, Mikhail
Sholokhov, Vladimir Tendryakova, listen to music (favorite composers - Verdi and Kalman), enjoys working in the garden, collecting apples (22 varieties).
. Three sons - Yuri (1961), Alex (1966) and Alexander (1977).