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Kommersant (Russia)

Based: Moscow

Founded: 1989

Circulation: 86,000 (NCS, 2006)

Owner: Alisher Usmanov

Kommersant is one of Russia’s leading business broadsheets and the flagship of the Kommersant publishing house. Originally a weekly publication, the paper expanded in 1992, styling itself as Russia’s first business daily. The paper now describes itself as “one of the most authoritative and influential publications for Russia’s decision-makers” and reports that more than half of its readers are managers or “specialists”. Once owned by the exiled tycoon Boris Berezovsky, the paper was bought in August 2006 by Alisher Usmanov, a steel tycoon who also runs a subsidiary of Gazprom.