Graduated from Barnaul Higher Air Force School and from Akhtubinsk Test Pilot School 1974 and 1983 respectively Soviet Air Force Test Pilot School. Cosmonaut training March 1989 - April 1991. Chief of the flight test office of NPO Radon in Moscow. In 2000 he became a test pilot at the State Research Institute Sheremetevo. Later he worked at the Akhtubinsk flight test center of GKNII.
Birth Place: Povalikha, Altay.