Alexey was born in Novgorod in 1975 and grew up in the city. He studied at secondary school No. 18 and the Novgorod Pedagogical College. In 1997, he graduated from the North-West Academy of Civil Service in St Petersburg (currently, the North-West Institute of Management).
Alexey is an avid collector of maps, 15–19th century graphic pieces, postcards, photographs, documents and printed materials related to the history and culture of Novgorod.
He has assembled a large library of books on the history of Russian cartography and Veliky Novgorod.
In 2017, Alexey began collecting paintings and graphics by contemporary Novgorod artists.