Report: Former Russian PM Chernomyrdin dies

November 3, 2010 08:36


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MOSCOW — Russian state news agency RIA Novosti is reporting that former Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, who held the post in the turbulent 1990s as Russia was throwing off communism and developing into a market economy, has died at age 72.

The agency, citing sources close to Chernomyrdin early Wednesday, gave no cause of death but said he had been ill.

Chernomyrdin served as the first head of the state gas monopoly Gazprom, from 1989 to 1992.

After Vladimir Putin became president, he appointed Chernomyrdin as ambassador to Ukraine in 2001 and he remained in this post until last year.

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