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Bloomberg: Gazprom Says Chief Executive Miller to Return to Work `Soon’

By Greg Walters and Bradley Cook

June 26 (Bloomberg) — OAO Gazprom Chief Executive Officer Alexei Miller, hospitalized with a kidney ailment more than three weeks ago, will return to work “soon,” Deputy Chief Executive Officer Alexander Medvedev said.

Miller is involved in all management decisions, Medvedev told reporters today in Moscow, where the world’s largest natural-gas company is based. No other information on Miller’s health was immediately available.

Sergei Kupriyanov, a spokesman for state-run Gazprom, said June 6 that Miller, 45, “has a chronic disease related to the kidneys” that requires hospitalization “from time to time.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Miller chief executive of Gazprom in May 2001 as part of a wider campaign to gain control of the company from executives appointed under former President Boris Yeltsin. Miller worked for Putin in the St. Petersburg city government a decade ago, as did Deputy CEO Andrei Kruglov, who is running the company in Miller’s absence.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bradley Cook in Moscow at [email protected] .
Last Updated: June 26, 2007 04:18 EDT

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