Born on Februaty 16, 1954 in Makiivka, Donetsk region, Ukraine. Ukrainian scientist, religious scholar, has PhD in historical sciences, poet, prose writer, public activist.
Senior Researcher, Department of Religious Studies, Institute of Philosophy named after G.S. Skovoroda of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
President of the Center of Religious Science Research and International Spiritual Relations, Head of the Donetsk regional department of Ukrainian Association of Religious Studies, President of the Donetsk regional NGO Discovery Center. Member of the Expert Council on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations at the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine.
Actively participate in Donetsk Euromaidan and Interfaith Prayer Marathon for the unity of Ukraine (March-November 2014, Donetsk).
January 27, 2016 was captured by militants so-called “Donetsk Peoples Republic” and was in captivity almost 2 years (700 days) until December 27, 2017.
Prisoner of conscience.
The author of poetry collections and prose works, as well as more than 50 scientific books and over 200 articles in dictionaries, encyclopedias, scientific periodicals.
He actively advocates the release of political prisoners in Russia and in the occupied territories of Donbass and Crimea.