Weightlifter who is widely considered one of Russia's greatest powerlifters ever, having taken home gold in the men's 105 kg at the 2004 Summer Olympics and 2008 European Championships. He later became the director of the MGFSO weightlifting team.
He grew up in Moscow, Russia.
He served a 2-year competition ban after failing a drug test in 2006.
He has an older brother.
He and Ronny Weller are both Olympic champions in weightlifting.