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Front page on 27 December 2010
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Alisher Usmanov
Founded1989; 32 years ago (1989)
Circulation120,000-130,000 (July 2013)

Kommersant (Russian: , IPA: [k?mr'sant], The Businessman, often shortened to ?) is a nationally distributed daily newspaper published in Russia mostly devoted to politics and business. The TNS Media and NRS Russia certified July 2013 circulation of the daily was 120,000-130,000.[1]


In 1989, with the onset of press freedom in Russia, Kommersant was founded under the ownership of businessman and publicist Vladimir Yakovlev.[2] The newspaper's title is spelled in Russian with a terminal hard sign (?) - 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, in reference to a pre-Soviet newspaper of the same name active between 1909 and 1917. This is played up in the Kommersant logo, which features a script hard sign at the end of somewhat more formal font. The newspaper also refers to itself or its redaction as "?".

In January 2005, Kommersant published a protest at a court ruling ordering it to publish a denial of a story about a crisis at Alfa-Bank.[3]

In 2008, BBC News named Kommersant the leading liberal business broadsheet.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Kommersant Website; (Russian)". 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Kommersant; Presseurop (English)". Presseurop. 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Alfa-d Up". Kommersant. Moscow. 31 January 2005. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 2009.
  4. ^ "The press in Russia". BBC News. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 2014.

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