Russian sculptor who specialized in public monuments of key historical figures. He made public statues of Saints Cyril and Methodius.
He studied in the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow and graduated in 1964.
His statue of Sergius of Radonezh in Radonezh was the first to be installed in the Soviet Union without permission from the authorities.
He was born into a peasant family.
He and John Michael Rysbrack were both known for their public monuments.