Held a top position in the Ministry ofForeign Trade. Ran the department controlling exports and imports. Trained as an engineer.
At the end of 1985, suddenly arrested with a group of others, including his wife Valentina. According to the Soviet news agency TASS, found guilty of taking bribes worth 127,000 roubles from unnamed foreign companies. Received a 13-year prison term, and his property was confiscated.
Became the first senior official to suffer in the clamp-down on official corruption started after the death of Brezhnev in 1982.