Director, scriptwriter, producer. Born in 1961 in Kharkov. He spent his childhood and youth in Kazan.
In 1988 graduated from the scriptwriter’s department of the VGIK.
Worked as welder, millwright, and prospector at the Far North.
In 1994 he began shooting a film about modern wars in Russia. When
he returned from the set of the film in February 1995 in Grozny he was fired by Chechen fighters and suffered from gunshot wound that resulted in amputation of the leg.
He made debut in the capacity of the director of the artistically publicist film «Damned and Forgotten».
From 1994 to 2005 as a war correspondent participated in hostilities on the territory of Tajikistan, Chechnya, Afghanistan, and Yugoslavia.
Has several war decorations. He was chairperson of the Fund of
Veterans and Invalids of Military Conflicts “Rokada”. The
author of the books “Nobody but Us...”, “With Me and Without
Me”, “Limpid Forests near Luxemburg”.
Awarded by the Order for Courage and the Medal for Bravery.