He was born in December 10, 1971, Dzerzhinsk, Donetsk region. In 1987 he finished School № 14 of Dzerzhinsk. Then he entered the Kherson Nautical School “Peoples’ Friendship” named after Lieutenant P.P. Shmidt on radio engineering speciality. During his studies, was an intern at the ship “prof. Minyaev” (home port of Odessa) and teaching-sailing ship – “Friendship” (home port of Odessa). At the end of his studies in 1991, he was drafted into the Navy of the USSR.