Politician and member of the General Council of the United Russia party who became his country's Minister of Culture in 2012. He has authored numerous books including The Wall and Scoundrels and Geniuses PR: From Rurik to Ivan the Terrible.
He studied at Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
In 2015, he was named a Commander in the Order of Cultural Merit.
He married a woman named Marina. His sister's name is Tatyana.
He pledged his support for the removal of Vladimir Lenin's body from Lenin's Mausoleum to bury it.