Kommersant (Russian: Коммерса́нтъ,
IPA: [kəmʲɪrˈsant], The Businessman, often shortened to Ъ)
is a nationally distributed daily newspaper published in
devoted to politics and business. It is a leading liberal business
broadsheet. The TNS Media and NRS
Russia certified July 2013
circulation of the daily was 120,000-130,000.
2 Court cases
3 See also
5 External links
The newspaper was initially published in 1909, and it was closed down
Bolshevik seizure of power and the introduction of
censorship in 1917.
In 1989, with the onset of press freedom in Russia,
re-established under the ownership of businessman and publicist
To make the point that the publication had outlasted the Soviet
regime, "Kommersant" is spelled in Russian with a terminal hard sign
(ъ) – a letter that is silent at the end of a word in modern
Russian, and was thus largely abolished by the post-revolution Russian
spelling reform. This is played up in the
Kommersant logo, which
features a script hard sign at the end of somewhat more formal font.
In 1997, autos-to-Aeroflot mogul Boris Berezovsky – a member of the
former President Boris Yeltsin's 'family' – bought the Kommersant
publishing house, which included Kommersant-daily, two serious weekly
magazines (the political Kommersant-vlast (literally 'Power') and the
Kommersant Dengi ('Money') – as well as entertainment
magazines Domovoi and Avtopilot and Molotok, a teen magazine, which
later incurred the authorities' wrath.
Berezovsky sacked Kommersant's director-general, Andrei Vassiliev, and
editor-in-chief, Alexander Stukalin, on 14 July 2005 in a move
widely seen as preparation for the 2008 Russian presidential
In January 2005,
Kommersant published blank pages as a protest at a
court ruling ordering it to publish a denial of a story about a crisis
at Alfa-Bank. The sole article in the paper was this one, published
upside down, on the front page. The headline of the article was "Full
Plaintiff" (полный истец) which has little meaning, but
rhymes with a Russian swear word, meaning "complete disaster"
(полный пиздец). The English version of the article was
headed "Alfa-d Up".
Berezovsky sold the
Kommersant publishing house to an old friend and
business partner, Georgian fruit canner and opposition television
station owner Badri Patarkatsishvili, who was already chairman of the
Kommersant company's board. In August 2006, Patarkatsishvili sold
his 100% stake in the
Kommersant publishing house to Alisher
Usmanov, head of Gazprom's Gazprominvestholding subsidiary.
After clashing with Usmanov,
Kommersant editor-in-chief Vladislav
Borodulin left the paper. "[Borodulin’s] decision to resign was
not forced, but evidently they expressed different views on how the
publishing house should be developed," said the group's commercial
director. Andrei Vasilyev, appointed for a second stint at the helm of
the daily – after a long run from 1999 to 2005– said
Kommersant-daily had no intention of following any imposed policy, and
added that the edition would carry articles that might not please the
On 9 December 2008 the publication of articles in English ceased, and
Kommersant website has no English version. Since
Kommersant newspaper is printed and distributed in the
In 2015, the paper began hosting US-
Russia Crosstalk, a joint
Kommersant and the Valdai Club in Russia, and The
Washington Times and the
Center for the National Interest in the
United States, featuring foreign policy related discussion regarding
relations between the two countries.
In January 2000
Kommersant was found guilty of libel against Russian
Alex Konanykhin and ordered to pay compensation of
In May 2009 a Russian MP and prominent businessman Oleg Mikheyev sued
Kommersant for $217 million, claiming that one of the newspaper's
articles "spoiled of his bank so badly it had to be sold at
disadvantageous price". The court dismissed the judicial proceeding
due to jurisdictional issues.
Kommersant FM (ru) a Russian news-radio station
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^ "Kommersant; Presseurop (English)". Presseurop. 2012. Retrieved 13
^ Fortune made in Yeltsin era – Guardian, 13 April 2007. Retrieved
24 July 2007.
^ Prosecutors to save Russian teenagers from SMS pornography –
Pravda, 30 June 2006. Retrieved 24 July 2007.
^ Boston University publication, July 2005. Retrieved 14 October 2007
^ Полный истец.
Kommersant (in Russian). Moscow. 31 January
2005. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
^ "Alfa-d Up". Kommersant. Moscow. 31 January 2005. Archived from the
original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
^ Russian publishing house
Kommersant gets a new owner – Editors
Weblog, World Association of Newspapers, 28 February 2006 quoting
Ekspert magazine. Retrieved 24 July 2007.
^ Alisher Usmanov, Forbes Retrieved 24 July 2007.
Kommersant editor quits - World Association of Newspapers, quoting
the Associated Press, 2 October 2006. Retrieved 24 July 2007.
Kommersant editor vows to maintain line- RIA Novosti, 2
October 2006. Retrieved 24 July 2007
^ ""Коммерсантъ" United Kingdom". Kommersant. Retrieved 13
^ http://www.washingtontimes.com, The Washington Times. "U.S.-Russia
Crosstalk - Washington Times". www.washingtontimes.com. Retrieved
^ "U.S. Court Finds
Kommersant Guilty of Libel". The
Moscow Times. 25
January 2000. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved
13 January 2011.
^ "Russian MP sues business daily". Mosnews. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 13
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