Maria Quisling, born Maria Vasilyevna Pasek or Pasetchnikova (10 October 1900 – 17 January 1980), was known as the wife of Norwegian fascist politician Vidkun Quisling, though historians have doubts about whether the couple were legally married.
The couple met in Kharkiv in 1923 and they were formally and informally married in September that year.
The next few years she lived in Norway and France, often separated from Vidkun due to his work and travels.
They settled permanently in Norway in 1929 where Vidkun was one of the founders of the fascist party Nasjonal Samling.
During the German occupation of Norway, Vidkun led a pro-Nazi puppet regime.
Maria lived with him in the Villa Grande from 1941 to 1945 and served as hostess for social gatherings there and at the Royal Palace.
After Vidkun was found guilty of treason and sentenced to death, she made several appeals to authorities on his behalf, though unsuccessfully.
She was briefly arrested in 1946 for her actions during the occupation, but all charges were dropped.
She fought for many years to get back the apartment and other properties she and Vidkun had owned.
A final settlement was reached in 1955, giving her the apartment, many paintings and furniture and a sum of money.
In 1959, she also got an urn with her husband's ashes, which she buried at Gjerpen church yard in a small ceremony.
After having lived a secluded life in Oslo after the war, she died in 1980, leaving her assets to a charity fund bearing her and Vidkun's name which each year gives a small sum of money to a limited number of elderly persons.