Born January 25, 1932 in Moscow, Russian.
In 1954 he graduated from the journalism faculty of Moscow State University (MSU) of. M. V. University.
From 1951 to 1958 - a literary fellow newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets. From 1958 to 1971 he worked in the newspaper "Komsomolskaya Pravda", where he rose from the literary officer to deputy chief editor of the newspaper.
. In 1960, together with Boris Grushin, organized in the newspaper "Komsomolskaya Pravda" Institute of Public Opinion.
. Since 1971 working in the newspaper "Soviet Russia"
. From 1971 to 1979 - deputy chief editor from 1979 to 1984 - first deputy chief editor of the newspaper "Soviet Russia".
. From 1984 to February 1986 - first deputy chairman of USSR State Committee on Publishing, printing and book trade.
. Since February 1986 - Chief editor of "Soviet Russia".
. In 1990 he was elected people's deputy of the RSFSR.
. August 22, 1991 the newspaper "Soviet Russia" was shut down for supporting the State Emergency Committee, but in September 1991 its production was resumed, and Chikin
again became its chief editor.
. From 1989 to 1991 - Chairman of the Board of the Fund of Charity and Health of the RSFSR.
. 12 December 1993 was elected to the State Duma of the first convocation.
. December 17, 1995 was re-elected to the State Duma.
. In 1997, became one of the founders of the Patriotic Information Agency (RIA).
. 19 December 1999 was elected to the State Duma of the third convocation.
. Author of monographs on the life and work in
. I. Lenin.
Awarded the Order of Red Banner of Labor.
Married. Has two sons.