Born July 18, 1970 in Smela, Cherkassy Region (Ukraine).
1992: Graduated with honours from Moscow State Institute of International Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
1991-1992: Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington, D.C., USA.
1992-1998: Worked in book publishing and advertising; postgraduate studies at Moscow State Institute of International Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
1998-1999: Head of Information Policy Department, Ministry of Taxation.
1999-2000: Board head, central election headquarters of the Motherland-All Russia bloc.
2000-2002: Adviser to the Deputy Speaker of the State Duma.
2002-2004: Executive committee head, Moscow city branch of the United Russia party, head of the United Russia party election headquarters for Moscow.
2003-2007: Deputy of the State Duma (4th convocation) of the Federal Assembly.
2004-2005: Deputy head, Central Executive Committee of the United Russia party.
2007-2011: Deputy of the State Duma (5th convocation) of the Federal Assembly, deputy head of the State Duma Committee for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection; head of the State Duma Committee for Culture.
2010-2012: Member of the Presidential Commission to Counter Attempts to Falsify History to the Detriment of Russia's Interests.
May 21, 2012: Appointed Minister of Culture by Presidential Executive Order.