In 1978 he graduated from the Kazan Agricultural Institute with specialization in Agricultural Engineering and with the qualification of a machine engineer.
In 1986 he graduated from the Correspondence Institute of Soviet Trade with specialization in Commodity Science and Organizing of Food Commodities Trade as a top-qualified merchandize specialist. Doctor of Economics.
From 1978 to 1980 – Diagnostics Engineer, Sabinsk Area Association of Selkhoztehnika.
From 1980 to 1983 – Senior Power Engineer, Chief Power Engineer, Sabinsk Timbering Enterprise.
From 1983 to 1985 – Deputy Board Chairman, Sabinsk Area Consumer Society.
From 1985 to 1990 – Board Chairman, Arsk Area Consumer Society.
From 1990 to 1992 – Chairman, Arsk Area Executive Committee.
From 1992 to 1993 – First Deputy Head, Arsk Area Administration.
From 1993 to 1996 – Head of Vysokogorsk Area Administration.
From 1996 to 1998 – Minister of Finance of the Republic of Tatarstan.
In 1998 – Head of the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan.
Since 25 March 2010 – President of the Republic of Tatarstan.
From 16 June to 20 December 2010 – Member of the Presidium of the State Council of the Russian Federation.