Born April 16, 1948 in the village of Sergeyevka, Anzhero-Sudzhensk District, Kemerovo Region.
1979: Graduated from the Novosibirsk Water Transport Engineering Institute.
Professor, PhD (Economics), Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
1964: Held a variety of posts from shipwright to deputy director at the Khabarovsk Shipyard.
1971-1973: Soviet Army service.
1988-1990: Director, Sidorenko Aluminium Hardware Plant, Khabarovsk.
1990-1991: First Deputy Chairman, Khabarovsk Territorial Executive Committee, Head of Central Economic Planning Board.
1991-2001: Head of the Khabarovsk Territory Administration.
2001-2009: Governor and Prime Minister of the Khabarovsk Territory.
2009-May 2012: Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District.
May 21, 2012: Appointed Minister for the Development of the Far East and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District by Presidential Executive Order.
Married, with a son and daughter.