Born March 4, 1935 in the village Nikolsky Bull Pronsk region Ryazan region. Russian.
. After seven years of school, from 1951 worked at Kuntsevo machine shop apprentice turner, turner, fitter-tester, then - the designer.
. From 1955 to 1958 he served in the army.
. From 1958 he worked as a proofreader city newspaper editorial, instructor, first secretary of the city committee of Komsomol, the literary member of the large-circulation newspapers, deputy editor, editorial head of the department of the city newspaper in g
. Stupino, Moscow region.
. In 1964 he graduated from the Faculty of Journalism.
. From 1964 to 1975 - a literary fellow, senior literary associate, deputy editor of the department, first deputy executive secretary, editor of the Young Communist League of life of the newspaper "Komsomolskaya Pravda".
. From 1975 to 1988 - the editor of, then - Executive Secretary of the newspaper Socialist Industry.
. From 1988 to 1989 - first deputy chief editor of the newspaper "Trud".
. In November 1989 he was appointed chief editor of the newspaper Socialist Industry (after January 1990 - "working platform").
. From July 1995 - Editor in Chief "Rossiyskaya Gazeta".
. Since October 1995 - Member of the Board of Directors "Century".
. Was a member of the editorial board "Working platform.
. Is friends with Arkady Volsky.
. Has two daughters.