Kommersant (Russian: Коммерса́нтъ, IPA: [kəmʲɪrˈsant], The Businessman, often shortened to Ъ) is a nationally distributed daily newspaper published in Russia mostly devoted to politics and business. It is a leading liberal business broadsheet.[1] The TNS Media and NRS Russia certified July 2013 circulation of the daily was 120,000–130,000.[2]

Front page on 27 December 2010
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Alisher Usmanov
Founded1989 (1989)
Circulation120,000–130,000 (July 2013)


In 1989, with the onset of press freedom in Russia, Kommersant was founded under the ownership of businessman and publicist Vladimir Yakovlev.[3] 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. [4]


In 2017 "Kommersant" was among the ten most cited sources in the Russian Wikipedia.[5] Currently it is on the 143rd place in the ranking of the most visited websites in Russia.[6]

See also


  1. "The press in Russia". BBC News. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  2. "Kommersant Website; (Russian)". 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  3. "Kommersant; Presseurop (English)". Presseurop. 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  4. "Alfa-d Up". Kommersant. Moscow. 31 January 2005. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  5. Lewoniewski, Włodzimierz; Węcel, Krzysztof; Abramowicz, Witold (23 September 2017). "Analysis of References Across Wikipedia Languages". Communications in Computer and Information Science. 756: 561–573. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-67642-5_47. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  6. kommersant.ru Competitive Analysis, Marketing Mix and Traffic - Alexa Rank

This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.