Born May 13, 1944 in Krasnovodsk, Turkmeniya.
Graduated in 1964 from the Tikhoretsky railway college, in 1973 graduated from the Novosibirsk Institute for Ingineers of railway transportation.
Graduated in 1988 the Academy of Social Sciences.
April 1991, in the election of the President of Russian Federation took the fourth place out of six.
December, 1993, elected deputy of the Federation Councl of the Federal Assembly.
March, 1994 - July, 1996, Head of the Legislative Assembly of Kemerovo region.
In the year 2000 was the forth out of eleven in the presidential election.
July, 1997, appointed Head of Administration of Kemerovo region by presidential decree.
October, 1997, elected Governor of Kemerovo region with 95% of the vote.
April, 2001, re-elected to this post with 93,5% of the vote.
Doctorate degree in politics.
Married, with son and grandson.
Hobbies: skiing, russian bath, mushroom gathering.