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Vladimir Gusinsky

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Vladimir Aleksandrovich Gusinsky (Владимир Александрович Гусинский, vlɐˈdjimjɪr ɐljɪkˈsandrəvjɪdʑ ɡʊˈsjinskjɪj; born 6 October 1952) is a Russian media tycoon. He founded the Media-Most holding company that included the NTV free-to-air channel, the newspaper Segodnya, and a number of magazines. Gusinsky was born into a Jewish family in Moscow on 6 October 1952. In 1969, Gusinsky enrolled in Gubkin Institute of Oil and Gas, however, he did not finish his education there. He joined the USSR Army in 1973 as a Junior Sergeant in the Chemical Intelligence Troops. In 1975, after being demobilized, Gusinsky enrolled in the State Institute for the Study of Theatrical Arts (Russian: ГИТИС English: GITIS). He graduated in 1979 with his graduating diploma work on the staging of "Tartuffe" by Molière, in the Tula State Dramatic Theater. 1986 Stage Director for the Ted Turner Goodwill Games in the Kremlin Palace. Founded one of the first cooperatives following Perestroika - Cooperative "Metal" - which started to produce metal garages and later copper bracelets and other fashion jewelry in mass quantities. 1988 Founded the cooperative "INFEKS" under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Trade of the USSR, which engaged in consulting of foreign companies entering into the Russian market. 1989 Created the joint venture "Most", together with APCO (a consulting company owned by the Arnold & Porter Law Firm in Washington DC). Gusinsky established "Most Bank", one of the first and one of the largest private retail banks in Russia. The first ATM allowing cash withdrawals in Russia was installed by Most Bank in Russia in 1994. 1992 Founded a holding company "Most Group". All of Gusinsky's business assets, totaling 42 companies, including Most Bank (Мост-банк) and a number of construction companies, were integrated into this holding structure. 1993: Gusinsky, together with a number of leading journalists, established Sevodnya, a daily political newspaper.
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