Igor Moskvin has died aged 91 following a serious illness ©Russian Figure Skating Federation

Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin credited Igor Borisovich Moskvin for bringing through a "whole galaxy of brilliant athletes" following the figure skating coach’s death.

The Russian Figure Skating Federation (RFSF) confirmed Moskvin passed away at the age of 91 on Tuesday following a serious illness.

Alongside partner Maya Belenkaya, Moskvin won three successive Soviet national titles between 1952 and 1954 before turning his attention to coaching.

Moskvin coached Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov to Olympic glory at Innsbruck 1964 and Grenoble 1968.

Former world champions Marina Eltsova and Andrei Bushkov and Larisa Selezneva and Oleg Makarov – bronze medallists at Sarajevo 1984 – were also among the pairings to work under Moskvin’s guidance.

Matytsin led the tributes to "legendary coach" Moskvin, describing his death as a "irreparable loss".

"He devoted his whole life to figure skating, a sport so beloved in our country, and made a huge contribution to its development," Matytsin told Russia’s official state news agency TASS.

"He was an inimitable master of his craft, possessing a real pedagogical talent, who brought up a whole galaxy of brilliant athletes.

"On behalf of the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation and myself, I express deep condolences to Igor's wife Tamara Nikolaevna Moskvina, to all relatives, friends and pupils of the legendary coach."

Two-time Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko called the death of Moskvin a "great tragedy".

Russian figure skating star Evgeni Plushenko was among those to pay tribute to Igor Borisovich Moskvin following his death ©Getty Images
Russian figure skating star Evgeni Plushenko was among those to pay tribute to Igor Borisovich Moskvin following his death ©Getty Images

Oleg Vasiliev said he considered Moskvin as a father figure during his career which saw him win gold at Sarajevo 1984 and three world titles.

"This is the person who taught me everything that I used to achieve the best results," said Vasiliev.

"He was a mentor in sports and in life, his life was interesting, eventful, not only in figure skating.

"As a father, as a husband, he lived a long and happy life."

Figure skating coach Tatiana Tarasova said Moskvin was "our teacher".

"He was a great coach," said Tarasova.

"He worked with Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov whom the whole world admired."

RFSF President Alexander Gorshkov, a six-time world champion who won gold at Innsbruck 1976, said he also benefited from working with Moskvin.

"There was a period when I was still an athlete for the national team and I talked a lot with Igor Borisovich. He told me a lot of useful things," added Gorshkov.

"This is an irreparable loss, a lot in the history of our figure skating is connected with the name of Igor Borisovich."