Alfred Kokh
Alfred Reingoldovich Kokh (Koch) ' onMouseout='HidePop("5370")' href="/topics/Zyryanovsk">Zyryanovsk
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, Kazakhstan
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n writer, mathematician-economist, and businessman of ethnic German origin
History of Germans in Russia and the Soviet Union
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He served as a deputy prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin
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 and was an ally of economic reformer Anatoly Chubais
Anatoly Chubais
Anatoly Borisovich Chubais is a Russian politician and business manager who was responsible for privatization in Russia as an influential member of Boris Yeltsin's administration. From 1998 to 2008 he was the head of the state owned electrical power monopoly RAO UES. The 2004 survey by...

, a chief architect of Russia's privatization. On September 12, 1996, Kokh was appointed head of Russia's State Property Committee, acting as Russia's privatization chief. He left the position on August 13, 1997, after the privatization auctions (loans-for-shares).

In June 2000, Alfred Kokh became head of Gazprom-Media, a subsidiary media holding of Gazprom
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 (now a subsidiary holding of Gazprombank
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), and oversaw the gas giant's controversial takeover of NTV, an independent television company owned by Vladimir Gusinsky
Vladimir Gusinsky
Vladimir Aleksandrovich Gusinsky is a Russian media baron, is known as the founder of Media-Most holding that included Most Bank, the NTV channel, the newspaper Segodnya and magazines.-Life and career:Gusinsky was born in Moscow....

. He was succeeded by Boris Jordan
Boris Jordan
Boris Jordan is an American businessman of Russian origin. He speaks both English and Russian fluently.An American of Russian ancestry, Boris Jordan assisted Russia's economic transition to capitalism in the early '90s, assisting in the launch of the Russian stock market and the privatization of...

 in October 2001. He also served as head of the 2003 election campaign staff for the Union of Right Forces, a pro-business, democratic party of young reformers including Yegor Gaidar
Yegor Gaidar
Yegor Timurovich Gaidar was a Soviet and Russian economist, politician and author, and was the Acting Prime Minister of Russia from 15 June 1992 to 14 December 1992....

, Boris Nemtsov and Irina Khakamada, the first woman to run for the Russian presidency.

He wrote the 2006 Russian best-seller, A Crate of Vodka (Ящик водки), a dialogue with journalist Igor Svinarenko about the twenty-year period that covered the last Soviet generation and the first, truly free Russian generation (1982, the death of Leonid Brezhnev
Death and funeral of Leonid Brezhnev
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, to 2001, when 9/11 put an end to liberal politics). The English translation will appear in spring 2009.

In 2008, he financed a scholarly point-by-point refutation of Holocaust denial materials. Denial of the Denial (Отрицание отрицания), with Pavel Polian
Pavel Polian
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, is the first book on the subject published in Russia.

Kokh is a frequent commentator in Medved, a glossy Russian men's magazine, writing about history and travel.

Alfred Kokh is a Candidate of Economic Science from the St. Petersburg Mathematics and Economics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He funds an annual Russian prize in mathematics; he was a sponsor of the new monument in Moscow to Tsar Alexander II, the leader who emancipated the serfs and reformed the Russian army.

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