Served as Flight Engineer on Expeditions 31 and 32 onboard the International Space Station.
He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Electronic Engineering in 1989.
He flew aboard the Soyuz TMA-04M. He spent 124 days in space on Expedition 31/32.
He married Irina Setyanova and had one child.
He and Andre Kuipers served on ISS Expedition 31.