Born in Moscow on 31st January 1964.
Education: I finished school with straight A's, I studied the piano at music school (thanks to my grandmother and parents for forcing me to finish it), then, Bauman Moscow State Technical University. I graduated from Bauman with honours.
Since my childhood I've liked competing and visiting sambo clubs, judo clubs, karate clubs, motorcycle football, kayaking. I actively took-up my interests and showed promising results.
When I was two-years-old, my grandfather gave me a present, a little handmade hammer, which looked like a real one.
Since then I haven't put it down.
I owe so much to my parents, who, instead of buying Mum a fur coat, bought me a moped. This truly was the cornerstone which put me on the route and general direction of my life, which is technology and machines.
Professional experience: Straight after school, on my grandfather's advice, I became a student, then a machinist of the fourth category (there are six categories in all), and then a part-time student at Baumen university.
After finishing university, I started working (and still work there to this day) at the S. P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia. My career started from being an engineer to the head of the department for integration of on-board manned space stations (formerly -" MIR ", now -" ISS ") of Russian and foreign scientific experiments.
The essence of the work; people, schemes, drawings, machines, tests, refinements, crew training, more tests, Baikonur, Cape Canaveral, Florida, flight support from the Mission Control Centre and then everything again...
I wanted, but didn't enter the Camel Trophy in 1991, in 1995, I advanced to the top eight, and in 1996, I was selected for the Russian team.
Together with Alexey Svirkov, and also Gennady Karandin (who worked on the NTV TV channel), and Vladimir Khabelashvili (who worked on the RTR TV channel), who acted as reporters, we won the Special Task award for the country on the legendary "Kalimantan-96" (Borneo Islands).
Almost immediately after taking part in the Camel Trophy, I actively participated in the national selection and training for future participants.
In 2004, I founded and headed the Adventure Training Company "TOGETHER", which gives huge amounts of people the Camel Trophy experience.
Family: Yes. Two daughters, 20 and 21-years-old.
Hobbies: LIFE, Travelling, meeting new people, photography, cars and other equipment in all of its forms (applying and also repairing the equipment), playing (mostly for myself and friends) musical instruments, work and relaxing in good company!