Born October 10, 1933 in Moscow.
In 1952 - 58 - student of the Moscow Higher Technical School of. N. E. Bauman, specializing in mechanical engineer. "
. In 1958 - 82 - on the Komsomol.
. Elected deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.
. In 1982 - 86 - Chairman of the USSR State Committee on Publishing, printing and book trade.
. In 1986 - 89 - Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the USSR in the Kingdom of Denmark
. From October 1989 to February 1992 - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the USSR in Afghanistan.
. On February 22, 1992 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
. In June 1993 - Ambassador at Large and the personal representative of the President of Russia in the negotiations on conflict settlement in Abkhazia.
. On August 15, 1993 - Deputy Head of the Joint Commission on the peaceful settlement in Abkhazia.
. Since February 1996 - First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
. Since February 1997 - Representative of Russia to the Executive Committee of the Community of Russia and Belarus.
. In May 1998, received the status of federal minister as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
. From 25 September 1998 - Minister for the CIS.
. 19 December 1999 was elected to the State Duma of the third convocation.
. Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs and Relations with compatriots.
. From April 2000 - Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia.
. He has state awards.
. Speaks German.
. Married with two children.