Shestalov was born 22 June 1937 in Kamratka village, Beryozovsky District, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug.
Shestalov is arguably the best known author in the Mansi language although he mostly wrote in Russian. His work in Mansi has been widely translated and he worked actively to preserve the language and its culture.
Shestalov died on 5 November 2011, aged 75.
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