Russia's former's former premier Chernomyrdin dies: reports

3rd November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Viktor Chernomyrdin, a former Russian prime minister under president Boris Yeltsin, died Wednesday morning, his family told Russian news agencies. He was 72.

Chernomyrdin served as the head of the government from December 1992 to March 1998. Prior to the appointment he was also the first head of Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom which he masterminded from the Soviet Union's gas assets across the country.

He later became Russia's ambassador to the Ukraine in 2001, and kept the post through 2009, when he became President Dmitry Medvedev's advisor on economic issues in the CIS countries.

He is known in Russia as one of the most colourful politicians due to his endless aphorisms on political life in the country. Chernomyrdin suffered from a chronic illness and passed away at home.

© 2010 AFP

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