Graduated from Oriental Faculty of the St.-Petersburg University in 1965. PhD. (International Economics) from The Institute of Oriental Studies (IOS), Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) in 1978 ("Foreign Economic Policy of Indonesia"). Speaks Indonesian and English, both fluently.
Main areas of research interests are economic problems of East Asia (especially Southeast Asia) countries, their foreign economic policy and diplomacy, as well as economic integration trends in East Asia. The author of six monographs, dozens of articles in scientific editions, as well as of a great number of analytical reports and forecasts prepared for Soviet/Russian governmental and private institutions (including the Security Council of the Russian Federation).
Since 1967 worked at first line divisions of the Ministry of Foreign Trade of the USSR, in 1968-1987 – at the Department of Southeast Asia of Market Research Institute of the Ministry. In 1970-1973 – a special correspondent at The USSR Trade Representation in Indonesia. In 1988-1994 – Head of Economy Section at the Department of Southeast Asia, Institute of Oriental Studies (RAS). Since 1994 – Head of Socio-Economic Division at the Centre of Problems of Development and Modernization (Institute of World Economy and International Relations, RAS).
Since 2001 – Нead of Infotainment and Analytical Group at Private Secretariat of Alisher Usmanov.
In the past served as expert at the Soviet National Committee on Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the Russian National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (Trade Policy Group). Provides advice to the Russian APEC Study Center, as well as core Departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. Research consultant at a number of private Russian companies. Has lectured abroad and taken part in joint research projects in Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan (in 1993 – a visiting research fellow at Keio University).
Member of the EuroSEAS and Nusantara Society, Chairman of Auditing Committee, Russia-Indonesia Friendship Society. Editorial staff member of "Southeast Asia: Focal Problems of Development" Yearbook.
Cooperates with domestic and foreign mass-media – "Voice of Russia ", "Echo of Moscow" and BBC, "RBC" TV channel, "Warta Ekonomi " (Djakarta), "Goudok", etc. Conducts column "Small and Medium Business in East Asia" in "Business Moscow".
Taught Indonesian and Malagasy languages at Oriental Faculty at the St.-Petersburg University (1964-1967). In 1991-2005 – professor of World Economy Chair at The Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), where read lectures on the economy of Southeast Asian countries, a well as on integration processes in SEA.