BA (1975), MA (1984) in Russian studies, Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia).
Master of Library and Information Science (1996), Wayne State University (Detroit, MI, USA).
From 1998 to 2001 Yuri worked at Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan, United States. From 2001 to 2014 Yuri worked at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, United States.
Yuri married to Patricia M. Siroky in 1992.