Doctor of historical sciences, professor of the department of international relations and foreign policy of Russia at MGIMO-University, Vice-Rector for science policy at MGIMO-University.
He was born in 1954 in Moscow. He started his career in 1971 as a quality controller at Scientific-Production Center of Automatics and Instrument Building factory and in 1972 worked as a loader in the leather goods factory. In 1972-1977 he studied at the history department of Moscow State University, majoring in the history of Western Europe and America. In 1977-1980 he was a PhD student of history at the Moscow University. He defended his thesis on the history of France in 19 century and since 1980 began working as a researcher at the Institute of International Labor Movement, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, and afterwards at the Institute of World History. In 1990-1993 he was a Member of Parliament of the Russian Federation, a head of Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations of the Supreme Council of the Russian Federation, then the Subcommittee on International Security and Intelligence of Committee on Defense and Security. In October - November 1991 he was a leader of the Russian group of observers in Nagorno-Karabakh. In 1993-1994 he was a Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Federal Affairs and Nationalities. In 1994-2009 he was the Director of the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies (RISS). In 2000 he defended his doctoral thesis at the Institute of Comparative Political Sciences. From February 2009 to July 2010 he worked as a deputy head of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation. From July 2010 to July 2014 he was the rector of the Academy of Labor and Social Relations. In September 2014 he became a professor at MGIMO-University. And in April 2015 he became Vice-Rector of MGIMO. He is Chairman of the Association of Friends of France, speaks English and French.
He is the author of over 150 scientific publications, including the book "The History of poor capitalism. France of 18 - the first half of the 19 century (the book has also been published in Chinese); "The state and the people, from the Fronde to the Great French Revolution"; author and producer of the documentary "The Lone Battalion".
He was awarded the medal "For Services to the Fatherland" II degree (2000) and the Order of Honor (2005).