Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation.
Graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), and the Higher Diplomatic School of the USSR MFA.
Posted at the USSR Embassy in Hungary; then first secretary of the Soviet Embassy in Brazil; then worked at the central office of the USSR MFA.
Between 1992 and 1996, head of the Russian mediation mission, official representative of the President of the Russian Federation on Nagorny Karabakh, and co-chairman of the Minsk OSCE group.
At various points USSR Ambassador to Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Angola, Costa Rica and Guatemala.
Recipient of state awards.