Yuri Kochetkov was born in 1973 in the Podolsk region of Moscow. He was a newspaper photographer for Mestnye Vesti and Evening Moscow. Kochetkov joined epa in 1995 and has covered the Chechnya wars, the submarine Kursk disaster, the Beslan hostage crisis, the Georgia conflict, the Kyrgystan revolution and elections. He has also covered the Eurovision Song Contest and World Cup and Euro Soccer Cups, as well as political events such as the G-8.
He is married and has a daughter.