Russia mourns former prime minister
Wednesday 03 November 2010
Former Russian prime minister Viktor Chernomyrdin has died, state media reported.
Mr Chernomyrdin. who served as prime minister in the turbulent 1990s as Russia was throwing off communism and developing as a market economy, was 72.
The RIA Novosti news agency gave no cause of death but said Mr Chernomyrdin had been ill.
The report cites sources in Mr Chernomyrdin's circle as saying he died early today.
Mr Chernomyrdin served as the first head of the state gas monopoly Gazprom, from 1989 to 1992.
In 1992, he was appointed prime minister by then President Boris Yeltsin, a post he held until 1998.
He is survived by two sons and four grandchildren.
After Vladimir Putin became president, he appointed Mr Chernomyrdin as ambassador to Ukraine in 2001 and he remained in this post until last year.
- 1 Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
- 3 World learns of app that shows you who unfriended you on Facebook, app promptly crashes
- 4 Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
- 5 The Greece debt crisis explained in less than 100 words
Florida man sentenced to two-and-a-half years for having sex on the beach in front of a child
Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
Tube strike July 2015: Is it still on? Everything you need to know about the industrial action
Eiji Tsuburaya: Godzilla co-creator honoured in today's interactive Google Doodle
Florida teacher sentenced to 22 years in prison for sexually abusing three pupils
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
£23000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Business Analyst is required ...
£16000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: To succeed, you will need to ha...
£8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join an award winni...
£7 - £9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Are you outgoing? Do you want to work in...