He was born in 1957 in Solntsevo, Moscow region.
In 1983 he graduated from Moscow Automobile Institute, got the profession "engineer-builder".
1990: appointed Head of Section, Sub-department of Foreign Economic Relations of the State Planning Committee of the RSFSR.
1991: Deputy Head, Sub-department, then Head, Sub-department of Foreign Economic Relations of the Ministry of Economy of the Russian Federation.
1992-93: Head, Consolidation Department of the Ministry of Economy of the Russian Federation.
1993-95: Head, Department of Foreign Credits and External Debt of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation and Member of the Board of the Ministry of Finance.
1995: appointed Deputy Minister of Finance.
May 1999: appointed Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation.
May 2000: Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.
February 2004: Sacked by President Putin along with the entire cabinet.
March 2005: Mikhail Kasyanov launched his advisory firm MK Analytica. He started to vocally criticize Russian authorities.
April 2006: Chairman of the People’s Democratic Union (PDU), a newly launched NGO.
June 2007: Nominated by the PDU as a candidate for the presidential elections.
September 2007: Chairman of the new political party "People for Democracy and Justice" established on the basis of PDU.
January 2008: The Central Election Commission of Russia barred his candidacy for the presidential elections, citing an excess of forgeries within his required two million signatures.
2010 – Kasyanov initiated with other politicians B.Nemtsov and V.Ryzhkov the creation of united political group - Republican Party of People's Freedom (PARNAS).
Today PARNAS is led by Mikhail Kasyanov
Mikhail Kasyanov is one of Russia’s most controversial opposition leaders.
He is married and has 2 daughters.