Kommersant (Russian: Коммерсантъ, IPA: [kəmʲɪrˈsant], The Businessman, often shortened to Ъ) 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.
|Circulation||120,000–130,000 (July 2013)|
In 1989, with the onset of press freedom in Russia, Kommersant was founded under the ownership of businessman and publicist Vladimir Yakovlev. The newspaper's title is spelled in Russian with a terminal hard sign (ъ) – 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 "Ъ".
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.
In 2008, BBC News named Kommersant the leading liberal business broadsheet.
- Kommersant FM a Russian news-radio station
- "Kommersant Website; (Russian)". 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
- "Kommersant; Presseurop (English)". Presseurop. 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
- "Alfa-d Up". Kommersant. Moscow. 31 January 2005. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
- "The press in Russia". BBC News. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2014.