MALTSEV Victor Fedorovich (06.22.1917, 01.10.2003) was born in Yekaterinoslav in a family of workers. In 1941 he graduated from the Novosibirsk Institute of Railway Engineers and in 1954 – from the Moscow Academy of Railway Transport. In 1954-61 he was the deputy head of the East-Siberian railroad. In 1961-63 and in 1965 he was the secretary of the Irkutsk Regional Committee of the CPSU; in 1963-64 and in 1966 the – chairman of the Irkutsk regional executive committee. In 1967-71 he was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USSR to Sweden, from May 1971 to Finland, from January 2, 1974 – to India. In 1977-1986 – the 1st Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR. From May 27, 1986 to November 28, 1988 – the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USSR to the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. In 1988 he resigned. Awarded with four orders and medals.
Indian Prime Minister A.B.Vajpayee in a letter of condolence on the death of the Ambassador noted that Viktor Maltsev "... was a dear friend of India. We remember his long and impeccable service to his country as a professional diplomat and appreciate his significant contribution to the development and strengthening of friendship and cooperation between Russia and India, especially in the period of being the Soviet Ambassador to India in 1973-77 and then as the first Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Maltsev was known for his delicate understanding of problems, as well as friendly feelings and goodwill towards India. He will be missed by many friends in India, both in the government and outside".
Sonia Gandhi, Leader of the Indian National Congress: “In India, he is remembered as a friend and a good man. As a brilliant Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR, he will take place in the records of his country".