Graduated from the Leningrad State University, Faculty of Biology.
Afterwards got his second higher education on the Faculty of Law of the St. Petersburg State University.
Author of 43 articles and patents. Author of 7 budget and economy monographs. Candidate of science.
1990 - Deputy to Leningrad Council, Head of the Commission for Ecology and Communal Economy of the Leningrad Council.
Since 1995 - Head of the Commission for Communal Economy of the Leningrad Council, Chairman of the Budget Committee of St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly.
In 1996 was elected as Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the City Administration.
Since December 1999 – Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the third convocation. Vice Chairman in «YABLOKO» faction, Vice Chairman of Committee for Credit Organizations and Financial Markets.
Since March 10, 2004 - Head of Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russian Federation. Appointed by the Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov’s Order No. 329-р.
Member of the Government Commission for Control over Foreign Investments in the Russian Federation. Member of the Government Commission for Administrative Reform. Member of the Government Commission for Development of Competition and Support of Small Business. 2006-2016 - Chairman of the Interstate Council for Antimonopoly Policy (ICAP) of the CIS Member States. 2016-till present day - Co-chairman of the ICAP of the CIS Member States.
Chair of the Federal Antimonopoly Service Department at the Law Faculty of the National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Professor.
Honorable Economist of the Russian Federation.
Awarded with Order for Service for Motherland of the 4th and the 3rd grades.