Yuri Georgiyevich Shargin is a retired cosmonaut of the Russian Space Forces.
He was born March 20, 1960, in Engels, Saratov Oblast, Russian SFSR. He is divorced and has two children.
Shargin graduated from the Military Engineering Academy for Aeronautics and Astronautics located in Leningrad. He is a lieutenant colonel in the Russian Space Forces.
He was selected as a cosmonaut on February 9, 1996.
He was selected in 2004, to be the flight engineer on the Soyuz TMA-5 mission to the International Space Station. Shargin was the first Russian military cosmonaut on board and had a secret mission.