Born on February 21, 1952, in Tsebrikovo, Odessa Region, Ukraine.
1973 graduated from the Railway Corps and Military Transport School, Leningrad (now St Petersburg).
1983 graduated from the Military Logistics Support and Transport Academy with a degree in Railway Engineering.
19731976 served on the Transdnestr Railway in the Odessa Military District.
19761980 served in the South Army Group.
19831985 Military Commandant of a railway section and Urgal station on the Baikal-Amur railway line (BAM).
1984 took part in driving the Golden Spike, when eastern and western sections of the BAM were linked.
19851994 Section Military Commandant, Head of a Military Transport Department and Deputy Head of Military Transport on the Moscow Railway.
19962004 employed at SeverStalTrans.
1998 Deputy CEO of SeverStalTrans; supervised the transport engineering sector, railway transport and seaport operations.
March 9, 2004 appointed Transport and Communications Minister.
May 20, 2004 appointed Transport Minister.
Since May 21, 2012 Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation.
Since September 2, 2013 Aide to the President of the Russian Federation.
Was a member of the Public Council of the Government Commission for the Railway Transport Reform.
Married, with a daughter.