In 1966 he entered the Geographical Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow University, which graduated with honors in 1971. In 1974 he defended his Ph.D. thesis on "Developing methods of automatic compilation of certain types of socio-economic maps", in 1983 he defended his doctoral thesis - "Modeling the thematic content of maps (on the example of socio-economic maps)."
Many developments have found practical application in the creation of a series of thematic maps and atlases, presented in the National Atlas of Russia, M., 2004-2008; National Arctic Atlas, M., 2017; Russian Arctic: Space. Time. Resources: Atlas / Rosneft,
2019; Environmental Atlas of Russia, M., 2002, 2017. The Russian Environmental Atlas, published in 2002, received the Russian Government's Prize in Science and Technology, and in 2017, the Russian Geographical Society's Crystal Compass Award. Created the Atlas of Russia's Socio-Economic Development (2009) and led the mapping work in the Atlas of the Russian Arctic in the 21st century: natural conditions and risks of development, M., 2013 and others, a comprehensive Atlas of the Hunts-Mansi Autonomous Region-Ugra in two volumes (I t. History. Population. Economy and II t. Nature, Ecology, 2004, 2006), Environmental Atlas of Murmansk Region (1999) and Environmental Atlas of Moscow. A major contribution to the educational mapping was the high school mapping project (Atlass for grades 6-10).
Since 1996, he has been a member, chairman of the commission, chairman of the working group, vice-president of the International Cartographic Association, which brings together activities in the field of cartography and geoinformatics in more than 80 countries.
He has published more than 500 printed works, including 19 monographs, textbooks and textbooks in 28 countries in 14 languages. He travelled to UK for scientific work for 10 mounths (years 1977-1978). He also traveled to the United States (1987), the Netherlands (1991) and England (1993, 1999). He organized and conducted with his British counterparts a Russian-British interdisciplinary. workshop on the topic "Subjectification of Smart Cities", which took place at the University of Salford in June 2019. Since 1994, he organized annual international conference "InterCarto. InterGIS Geoinformation support of sustainable development of territories ".
Currently, he is a professor in the Department of Geography of the World Economy, head of the Comprehensive Mapping Laboratory and the Regional Data System Center of the Geographical Faculty of Moscow State University.