Judoka who won bronze in half-middleweight at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens despite suffering a broken arm in the semifinals.
His father took him to sambo school-70 in 1991.
He won half-middleweight bronze at the 2004 European Championships.
He grew up in Chita-46, and later his family moved to Leningrad.
Boxer Oleg Saitov also won bronze for Russia at the 2004 Olympics.