Yuri Koptev
Yuri Nikolayevich Koptev ' onMouseout='HidePop("57367")' href="/topics/Stavropol">Stavropol
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) is a former General Director of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, serving in that role from 1992 to 2004.

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 bee awarded the Order of Merit for the Fatherland
Order of Merit for the Fatherland
The Order of Merit for the Fatherland was instituted on 2 March 1994 by Presidential Decree. The statutes describe it as a decoration for merit, not an order of knights....

, 2nd and 3rd classes.

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