Ivan Vasilievich graduated from the Faculty of Biology and Soil of the Moscow State University (1967).
Since 1967, Ivan Vasilievich was a graduate student, a junior research fellow, a senior research fellow, the head of the laboratory (1978-1997) of the V.R. Williams in Moscow. Since 1997, he was a head of the fodder production department, since 2001, he was a scientific secretary, since 2007 he is an academic secretary of the plant growing department of the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
He is an author of over 150 works, including the book "Halophytes of Russia, their Environmental Assessment and Use" (Moscow, 2001; together with Z.Sh. Shamsutdinov and others).