He born in the Urals. At 12 years old he could use fireguns and bow and arrows to hunt. When the WWII began, he was 26 years old, and he was an excelent sniper. In 1942 he fouhgt in Stalingrad.
He won 5 medals and titles, among them, the "Hero of the Soviet Union".
He has his own movie, "Enemy at the Gates".