|Intro||Former head of Russian Federal Space Agency|
|Birth||13 March 1940, Stavropol, Russia|
Yuri Nikolayevich Koptev (Russian: Юрий Николаевич Коптев, March 13, 1940, Stavropol) is a former General Director of the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos), serving in that role from 1992 to 2004. He was replaced in 2004 by Anatoly Perminov, a former commander of the Russian Space Forces.
Beginning in 1965, he worked as an engineer at NPO Lavochkin.
Koptev is a Winner of the Golden Space Medal FAI (2000), a State Councillor of the Russian Federation, 1st class and he has been awarded the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 2nd and 3rd classes.