Born on February 25, 1953, in Nikolayevsk-on-Amur.
19681972 Lathe operator and toolmaker in the Korenovskii Sugar Factory, Krasnodar region.
19721974 Compulsory military service.
1978 Graduated from Kharkov Law Institute.
19781985 Trainee, Assistant to the Public Prosecutor, Deputy Public Prosecutor and Public Prosecutor in various districts of Krasnodar region.
19851994 Public Prosecutor in different districts of Sochi.
19941997 First Deputy Public Prosecutor of Krasnodar Territory Public Prosecutor of Sochi.
19971999 Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.
1999 2000 Acting Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.
Since May 2000, member of the Russia Federation Security Council. Since June, Chairman of the Coordinating Council of Prosecutors General of CIS member states.
20002006 Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.
20062008 Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation.
Since May 14 2008 Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Southern Federal District.
Active State Counsellor of Justice.
Honoured Jurist of the Russian Federation.
Awarded the Order For Services to the Fatherland III degree.
Doctor of Law.