Party affiliation: Communist Party
Joined the Soviet Army, 1941. Commander of various units 1957-1969. Commander of various units until 1972. 1st Deputy Commander of Troops in the Belorussian military district, 1972-1976.
Member of the Central Committee of the Belorussian CP, 1976-1981. Commander of Soviet Troops in East Germany from 1980.
Commander of Troops in Germany 85, in Afghanistan 1985. Deputy to Supreme Soviet of USSR.
A key figure in the changing face of the Soviet forces pitted against Nato. One of the new breed of Soviet generals, surrounding himself with a group of young educated officers who have welcomed his encouragement of initiative.