High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles Viktor Petrik (Russian: ) (born 1946) is a controversial Russian inventor. He claims to have made a number of scientific breakthroughs which he markets through his company Goldformula. His supporters have compared him to Thomas Edison, but many scientists dismiss his inventions as pseudoscience. Viktor Petrik was born in 1946 in Zhytomyr, Ukrainian SSR. Petrik attended Leningrad State University and received a degree in Psychology in 1976. He later worked in the export business. In the 1980s he spent time in prison for fraud and extortion. After his release he started a laboratory and began working on several inventions. In the early 1990s he became friends with Vladimir Putin, then a city official in Saint Petersburg. Petrik lives in Saint Petersburg.