Birth 15 October 1934, Mr.. d.Sladkoe Krutinskogo region Omsk.
He graduated from the Siberian Road Institute and the Academy of Social Sciences under the CPSU Central Committee (1973). He studied at the Optional Protocol to journalism of Moscow State University.
In 1952 he graduated from vocational school, worked as a stoker, crane cranes, a mechanic in Omsk river port, wrote in the newspaper Omsk Pravda.
He graduated from the Siberian Road Institute, combining study with work.
1960-1991 gg. - Member of the CPSU.
From 1960 to 1964 - instructor of the Institute of the Siberian road, and then - the instructor of the Central Army Sports Club.
From 1964 to 1971 worked as a literary associate, and then - a special correspondent of the newspaper "Soviet Russia".
A consultant to the journal "Communist".
In 1973, after graduating from the Academy of Social Sciences under the CPSU Central Committee, was nominated to work in the apparatus of the CPSU Central Committee. Worked as a lecturer, consultant to the Central Committee Propaganda Department.
1978 - 1984 he. - Worked in the newspaper "Pravda". He was a member of the Editorial Board, editor, deputy editor.
In 1985-1986. was chairman of the Central Council of All-Union Society of the struggle for sobriety.
From 1984 to 1990. - Chief editor of "Izvestia".
From 1986 to 1990. - Alternate Member of the CPSU Central Committee.
Since November 1991. - Director general of economic union "Izvestia".
He was elected chairman of the Union of Journalists of the USSR, Chairman of the Association of Editors and Publishers.
From 1985 to 1992. - People deputa USSR 11-th and 12 th convocation.
From 3 April 1990. October 1991. - Chairman of the Council of the Union of the USSR Supreme Soviet.
Participated in the preparation of 5-th Congress of People's Deputies, was convened after the August 1991 coup.
In 1991. became one of the founders of the Movement of Democratic Reforms (DDR). Was co-chairman of the Council motion.
Since December 1994. - Deputy Chairman Roskompechati. He supervised the printing industry.
In July 1995, Mr.. appointed chairman of the Committee of Russia on the press. Dossier on the Laptev ID