Graduated from the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography. People’s Artist of RSFSR. Laureate of State Award of RSFSR. From 1989 to 1991 – the USSR Minister of Culture; from 1995 to 2003 – Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation; from 1999 to 2003 – Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for Culture and Tourism; from 2001 to 2006 – member of the Council for Culture and Arts at the President of the Russian Federation; from 1993 – Art Director-Director of the Theater «Community of Artists of Taganka».
Deputy of Moscow City Duma IV (2005-2009), V (2009-2014) and VI (2014-2019).
Re-elected the Duma deputy on September 8, 2019.
Deputy Chairman of the Moscow City Duma (elected on September 19, 2019).
Died on August 16, 2020.
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