Russian FIDE official born in Kazakhstan – Assistant to the FIDE President since 1996. Graduated from Moscow State Institute for International Relations under the Ministery of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation. In 2007 he graduated in Sport Management from Moscow State University of Management. Worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1991-1997. He was also a reprentantive for the FIDE President at Lausanne FIDE office from 1999- 2000. Co-organizer and Press Officer of many major FIDE events like Olympiad 1998, World Championship Reunification Match Kramnik- Topalov in 2006, World Championship 2001, Russia vs. Rest of the World 2002, World Cup 2005, 2007 and 2009, Kasparov vs. Deep Junior in 2002 etc.