One of the original 20 cosmonauts, he never went into space because he was arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct.
He was a captain in the Soviet Air Force.
He committed suicide after his dismissal and was airbrushed out of the "Sochi Six" photo of the top members of the original cosmonaut group.
He married but had no children.
He and Yuri Gagarin were both selected to be part of the first group of cosmonauts.