Born in the village of Shorshely,
Chuvash Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. Worked in forestry in Karelia, 1950. Fighter pilot, selected for the cosmonaut team, 1960.
In 1962 and 1970, made long flights into space. Majorgeneral, 1970. Married Valentina Tereshkova (their daughter was the first child of a marriage between cosmonauts). Deputy commander of the cosmonauts training centre.