Born in 1961 in Vitebsk. Human rights activist, representative of the National Human Rights Public Association Belarusian Helsinki Committee in the Vitebsk region. He graduated in 1987 from the All-Union Extramural Polytechnic Institute in Moscow. In 2007 he completed an international human rights program organized by the Human Rights House Network. He has participated in numerous court cases and community actions dedicated to human rights advocacy for victims of repression and abuses of power by the authorities. He has been arrested multiple times and conducted hunger strikes. He won a case against Belarus in the UN Committee on Human Rights which identified a systematic violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by the Belarusian authorities (the right to hold opinions without interference).