In 1957 joined the Communist Party. His first job was assistant foreman, then superintendent at the K. Liebknecht Plant in Dnepropetrovsk, 1955-1957. Senior engineer, chief of a department in the USSR Trade Mission in Sweden, 1966-1968.
Chairman of the Foreign Trade Association, 1970-1976. Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, 1976-1979. 1st Deputy Minister from 1979.
Candidate member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1981. Dismissed by Andropov in 1983 and sent to work in the provinces.