He graduated from the Institute of Asian and African Studies (IAAS), Moscow State University.
After graduation worked as a correspondent Press Agency "News" (APN), and then headed the Information Office in Jakarta (Indonesia).
From 1991 to 1996 he worked in RIA "News" - editor, correspondent, special correspondent, first deputy general director of programs of the Directorate.
From October 1996 to April 1998 he served as Deputy Head of the Department of Public Relations of the Presidential Administration (September 1996 to March 1997, this position was held by Mikhail Lesin).
Between April and May 1998 -