Viktor Nikitovich Mikhaylov (Russian: Виктор Никитович Михайлов 12 February 1934 in Moscow - 25 June 2011) was a Russian academic and nuclear scientist. From 1969 to 1988 Mikhaylov directed the research institute on nuclear impulse technology. He personally oversaw more than 100 nuclear experiments during his directorship. In 1992, after the fall of communism, Mikhaylov was selected to head the newly formed Ministry of Atomic Energy, or MinAtom. Under his tenure Russia maintained its nuclear infrastructure saw an increase in international cooperation on atomic energy growth. From 1999 Mikhaylov led the Institute of Strategic Stability, and from 1992 to 2007 was chairman of RosAtom's nuclear consulting division and manager of the Federal center for Nuclear Research. He died on 25 June 2011.