Born December 10, 1946. In 1965 he graduated from the Orlovo Machine Building College. In 1974 he graduated from the Moscow State University, Faculty of Philosophy (with a specialization in “Philosophy”). He speaks German.
1974 - 1976 – postgraduate student in the Faculty of Philosophy at MSU.
1976 -1988 – assistant, senior lecturer, associate professor in the Faculty of Philosophy, MSU
In 1988 he organized a public opinion laboratory at the University, which was transformed into the Centre for Public Opinion Research at the Faculty of Sociology of the MSU in 1990.
Since 1993 he has been director of the University`s Centre for Sociological Research.
Since 2003 he has been a member of the VCIOM`s Scientific and Expert Council.