Born July 11, 1958 in Moscow in a military family builder.
Graduated from "thermal and construction of the Moscow Civil Engineering Institute (MISI). While studying at the institute was a member of the team of KVN IISS.
. Prior to 1986 - a foreman on construction sites in Mongolia.
. In 1987, one of the organizers and leader of the studio "waxworks".
. In 1988 - 89 led cooperative Igrotehnika "responsible for the preparation and conduct programs KVN on a commercial basis
. Was the administrator and director of programs KVN. In 1989, Igrotehnika "was transformed into the enterprise Intelleks" at Timiryazevsky Komsomol district committee.
. In 1990, the company organizes RTV, which in 1991 was renamed the advertising agency "Video International".
. In 1991 was one of the founders and the founders of the JSC "Video International"
. He was one of the authors stories commercials "World History. Bank Imperial.
. In July 1991, became one of the founders of OOO "INTERMEDSERVICE.
. From 1994 to 1996 he worked in positions of director of sales through to the general director of commercial television company TV-Novosti "with RIA Novosti.
. From the September television interview with B
. Yeltsin when the latter first announced on television about the mediocre state of his health and the forthcoming heart surgery.
. Since 16 September 1996 to February 27, 1997 - Head of the Office of Public Relations (OLPS) in the Presidential Administration.
. From 1997 - general director of TV Company "TV-Novosti" RIA Novosti ".
. On June 4, 1997 - first deputy chairman of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK).
. Since February 1997 - Member of the Board of Directors of RTR-Signal ".
. From January 1999 - first deputy chairman of VGTRK.
. On July 6, 1999 - Minister of Press, Broadcasting and Mass Communications.
. According to the newspaper "Kommersant-Daily", a friend of the president's NTV, Igor Malashenko and daughter B
. N. Yeltsin Tatyana Dyachenko.
Hobbies - fishing, hunting, a game of billiards.
Wife - Valentina Ivanovna. Daughter Catherine studied at the New York School. Has a son.