Lecturer. Various Komsomol and party posts in Cheliabinsk. Rector of the Cheliabinsk Pedagogical Institute, 1961-1964. Secretary of the Cheliabinsk Oblast’ Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1964-1968.
1st Secretary and member of the Bureau of the Central Committee of the USSR Komsomol, 1968-1977. Close to Brezhnev. Ambassador to Rumania under Andropov.