Former Russia Prime Minister dies

Viktor Chernomyrdin, who was Russia`s longest serving Prime Minister in the 90`s as the country was shaking off communism and trying market economy has died.

Moscow: Viktor Chernomyrdin, who was Russia`s
longest serving Prime Minister in the 90`s as the country was
shaking off communism and trying market economy died here
on Wednesday.

Chernomyrdin, 72, served as Prime Minister from 1992-1998
under President Boris Yeltsin.

He died here at 4 am at his home. However, Itar-Tass said
he died in a foreign clinic where he was undergoing treatment,
no other details were available.

Chernomyrdin as the Natural Gas Minister in the Soviet
cabinet of President Mikhail Gorbachev had set up the
integrated natural gas giant Gazprom and after the Soviet
collapse in 1991 he became its chief.

President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir
Putin have expressed grief at Chernomyrdin`s death and sent
condolence messages to the bereaved family.

PTI

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