Date of Birth: 07/11/1943
Place of Birth: Saratov
He graduated from the Saratov Suvorov Military School. In 1965 he graduated from the Leningrad Higher Military Command School. Kirov. In 1972 he graduated from the Military Academy of Frunze. In 1984 he graduated from the Military Academy of the General Staff of the USSR Armed Forces of them. Voroshilov. Colonel-General.
Since 1965, after the Staff College he served in the Baltic Military District as platoon commander and company commander. Since 1972, after graduating from the Academy he served in the North Caucasus and Turkestan military districts. From January 1980 to July 1982 he served in Afghanistan.
Since 1984, briefly served in the Carpathian Military District. In 1987, he continued to serve in Afghanistan. He commanded the 40th Army. Supervised withdrawal of Soviet troops, February 15, 1989 the last to leave Afghanistan. Held in Afghanistan five and a half years.
1989 - 1991 years. - People`s Deputy of the USSR. 1989 - 1990 years. - Red komanduyuschiyvoyskami Kiev military district. 1990 - 1991 years. - First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the USSR. 1991 - 1992:. - First Deputy Commander of the Army. 1992 - 1995 years. - Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation.
In October 1993, he opposed the power to resolve the conflict between the branches of power and fire, "White House." He refused to participate in the college of the Ministry of Defence, which had decided to storm the building of the Supreme Council of Russia.
In February 1995, attached to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs "as the chief military expert for special orders." Behind it saved the rank of Deputy Secretary of Defense. 1995 - 1996 years. - The chief military expert of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the rank of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation).
Since 1995 - deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the second convocation, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Arms Control and International Security Committee of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs. Since 1996 - a member of the parliamentary group "Russian regions".
Since May 1995 - Chairman of the Coordination Council of the Union of Veterans of internationalist organizations, from December 1997 - President of the All-Russian Public Movement veterans of local wars and military conflicts "Combat Brotherhood", co-chairman of the movement "For the honor and dignity of a citizen of Russia." Included in the federal list of the electoral bloc "Fatherland - All Russia" in the elections to the State Duma of the third convocation.
Hero of the Soviet Union. He was awarded with "For Service to Motherland in the USSR Armed Forces" III degree, the Red Star, two Orders of the Red Banner.
Married. May 6, 1998 a daughter was born to Gromov.