In 1989 Igor Vladimirovich graduated from high school № 84 of Krasnodar. He graduated from the Voronezh Higher Military Aviation Engineering School in 1994, finished courses of the Federal Security Service in 1997.
Igor Vladimirovich was in the Soviet Army since 1990. Since 1997 he was in the bodies of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation. Participant of the counter-terrorist operations in the North Caucasus since August 1999. Captain Yatskov was mortally wounded in a battle with a group of militants in the area of the village of Kiri, Cheberloevsky district of the Chechen Republic.