Worked as a designer. Joined the Communist Party in 1952. Party Secretary of Gorkii Automobile Plant, 1951-1959.
Various party posts in Gorkii Oblast’. In 1966, a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Various party posts in Moscow including Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1968-1977.
Deputy Chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers, 1977-1982. USSR Ambassador to Cuba from 1982.