Soviet and Russian actor, film director, writer, public figure; People's Artist of the Russian Federation (1996). Winner of the Lenin Komsomol Prize (1976). Member of the Writers' Union of Russia, member of the Patriarchal Council for Culture. Deputy of the State Duma of the VIII convocation (since 2021) from the party "A Just Russia - for the Truth".
Public support for Russian military aggression against Ukraine. Nikolai Burlyaev is included in the report "1500 warmongers" compiled by the Free Russia Forum. The report contains the names of Russian public figures, military commanders, members of the parliament, propagandists, artists and athletes who have publicly spoken out in support of Putin's aggression or are directly involved in it. The Free Russia Forum is seeking sanctions against them in the European Union.