(b Moscow, 1938).
Russ. bass. Début Maly 1963 (Gremin in Eugene Onegin). Among finest Russ. basses, a notable Boris, and also excellent in It. repertory. Joined Bolshoy Opera 1971. Sang Boris with Bolshoy co. at La Scala 1973 (début with Scala co. 1978); Vienna 1974; NY Met 1975; CG 1978. Noted interpreter of Shostakovich's 14th Sym.