Born on Sept. 7, 1937 in the village of Kichevo, Aksakovo municipality, Varna district. Married, has two daughters.
Graduated from the Naval School in Varna 1959, and from the Naval Academy in Sankt Petersburg 1974. Different command positions in the Bulgarian Navy - ranging from military unit commander on a ship to Commander of the Navy. Deputy chief inspector of the Navy at the Inspectorate of the Ministry of Defense.
Not affiliated with any party since 1990. Vice Admiral in the reserve. Deputy Minister of Defense - in charge of military and political matters, and later social and legal ones, 1994. Minister of Defense Jan. 1995-Feb. 1997.