The Company's August 30, 1954, the township Kopys Orsha district, Vitebsk region.
In 1975, he graduated from the history department of the Mogilev Pedagogical Institute, after which he was drafted into the army (frontier troops KGB). After serving for a time worked as secretary of the Communist Youth League released gorpischetorga Shklovsky, and in 1978 he joined the executive secretary of the district organization of society "Knowledge". From 1980-1982. — He served in the Soviet Army. From 1982 to 1985 — deputy director of the plant materials in Shklou (the correspondence studies at the Belarusian Agricultural Academy in Gorki and get a degree in economics in 1985). From 1985 to 1987 — Secretary of the Party Committee of the Lenin collective farm, in 1987, he became director of the farm "Gorodets" Shklovsky district.
In 1990 he was elected to The Supreme Council Belarus of the 12th convocation. From April 1993 to July 1994 — Chairman of the Interim Committee of the Supreme Council for the Study of commercial structures, created with the public administration (so-called "Anti-Corruption Commission"). July 10 1994 elected President of Belarus.