Born in Moscow in 1929 and graduated from the Institute of International Relations in Moscow in 1953 and High Diplomatic School in 1962. He has held the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary since 1975.

He has held a variety of diplomatic posts for the USSR and Russia since 1954 in Hungary, Brazil and elsewhere and was the USSR Ambassador to Costa Rica (1971-75), Venezuela (1975-80) and Angola (1987-90). His positions in the USSR Foreign Ministry in addition to those held in the Department of Policy Planning (1966-71), include Head of the Latin American Department (1980-87) and Head of the Africa Department (1990-92). As USSR Ambassador to Angola, he participated in the Joint Commission on South West Africa and the conflict resolution in Angola and Namibia.

From 1992 to 1996 he was designated Ambassador-at-Large and Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict resolution process and head of the Russian mediation mission. He represented Russia in the OSCE Minsk group, becoming its co-Chairman in 1995, participated in the conclusion of cease-fire in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. From 1996-99  he was Russia’s Ambassasdor in Costa Rica and Guatemala.

Retired from active service in 2000, he continues to perform special missions. He is Vice-President of the Russian Association of Diplomats.

His languages include Spanish, French and Hungarian.