Member of the Federation Council of the RF Federal Assembly, Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs; deputy secretary of the presidium of the General Council of the United Russia party.
Graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Holds a Ph.D. degree in Law.
Worked as interpreter/translator and diplomat in various MFA institutions in the USSR and Russia. Served as first secretary of the Russian embassy in Sweden. Served as counselor on international affairs for the RF Government.
In 1999, was elected a member of the State Duma. From 2003 to 2011, was Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs. From 2012 to 2014, was Head of the Federal Agency for Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Expatriates, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo)
Recipient of state awards.