Graduated from Higher Air Force School,
Monino, 1963; Captain and pilot, Soviet Air Force; was selected as cosmonaut on
(cosmonaut basic training): 3/60 - 18.01.1961; was
assigned as 2nd double for
; discharged of disciplinary reasons;
his space career was aborted; he went back to flying jets in Siberia; sinking
deeper into depression and alcoholism, he experienced "a crisis of soul,"; in
the predawn hours of February 18, 1966, while drunk, he stepped in front of a
train near the Ippolitovka station, northwest of Vladivostok, and was killed.
Whether it was intentional or accidental, nobody could tell.