Alexey was born in Moscow in 1981 and grew up in the city of Kazan. He graduated from a technical high school as a financial accountant but he did not go onto work in this profession. Alexey started using drugs at the age of 14 and draws on his personal history of drugs in working as a technical advisor.
In 1999 Alexey started working in Andrey Rylkov Foundation, one of the first harm reduction projects in Russia. He progressed from being an outreach worker to a coordinator and then onto being a technical advisor for HIV / AIDS prevention projects among vulnerable populations. Alexey's work as a public health activist convinced him of the need to protect the rights of people who use drugs and were affected by HIV. He trained as a human rights lawyer and graduated so he could champion the human rights of people who use drugs.
In 2010 Alexey attended a video advocacy training with his activist partner Igor Kouzmenko with Drugreporter. In 2015 Alexey and Igor launched Drug User News a peer led video advocacy project. In 2017 Drug User News joined Coact to bring expertise and capacity around video advocacy and other areas of community mobilisation.