He was born on March 11, 1969 in Lugansk. Professional military, spent 21 years in military service. Prior to 1990, he served in the Southern Soviet Army Group in Hungary, and returned to Lugansk after withdrawing Soviet troops from Hungary.
Continued military service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine; he retired in 2008. He has been practicing cross-lifting, winning national and international competitions, world champion and three-time European cross-lift champion (bench press).
Worked as a face lift trainer; brought up a number of Lugansk weightlifting athletes. Among the pupils – Shcherban Alexander Vladimirovich.