Vladimir was raised in a small Russian village just outside Moscow. He graduated from Seaman's school and began his career as a ship's Bosun in 1994, working on passenger expedition vessels in the Arctic and Antarctica. He has undertaken over 150 trips to Antarctica and spent 15 seasons here.
He is an avid photographer whose images have been featured in many magazines. In 2000, his photo exhibit of polar photographs, displayed in Moscow, won high praise. He is currently writing stories to educate children about the wildlife of Antarctica.