Born in 1951 in g. Nikolayevsk-on-Amur, Khabarovsk Krai.
. He graduated from the Sverdlovsk Law Institute (SUI).
. Before joining the Institute he served in the army.
. He worked as an investigator in the Irkutsk region, the first deputy prosecutor of the Irkutsk region, the head of State and Legal Department of the Irkutsk Regional Committee of the CPSU.
. He worked as chief prosecutor of the East Siberian transport prosecutor's office, then - Prosecutor of the Irkutsk region (until 16 November 1995).
. On November 16, 1995 - first deputy prosecutor general.
. Member of the Prosecutor General's Office.
. From 2 February to 17 March 1999 served as prosecutor general of Russia instead of Yuri
. At the end of July 1999 sent in his resignation, but the Federation Council of Russia has decided to consider it in October 1999.
. August 9, 1999 and resigned
. about. Prosecutor General of Russia in connection with retirement.
. 17 August 1999 was appointed Minister of Justice.
. June 7, 2000 was released by the Federation Council from the post of first deputy prosecutor general of Russia.
. State Counselor of Justice of the 1 st class.
. Honorary Lawyer of Russia (June 19, 1996).
. Has two sons.