Alfred Koch

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Alfred Koch
Alfred Reingoldovich Kokh

(1961-02-28) 28 February 1961 (age 59)

Alfred Reingoldovich Kokh (Koch) (Russian: Альфред Рейнгольдович Кох, German: Alfred Reingoldowitsch Koch, born 28 February 1961) is a Russian writer, mathematician-economist and businessman of partial German origin.

Education and early life[edit]

He was born in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic (now Kazakhstan) to an ethnically German father who was deported there in 1941 and an ethnic Russian mother.

During the beginning of the construction of the Volzhsky Automobile Plant, he and his parents then moved to Tolyatti where his father became the head of the department of related industries, a structure that dealt with all the component parts.


He served as a deputy prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin and was an ally of economic reformer Anatoly Chubais, a chief architect of Russia's privatization. On 12 September 1996, Kokh was appointed head of Russia's State Property Committee, acting as Russia's privatization chief. He left the position on 13 August 1997, after the privatization auctions (loans-for-shares).

In June 2000, Alfred Kokh became head of Gazprom-Media, a subsidiary media holding of Gazprom (now a subsidiary holding of Gazprombank), and oversaw the gas giant's controversial takeover of NTV, an independent television company owned by Vladimir Gusinsky.[1][2] He was succeeded by Boris Jordan 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, 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, free Russian generation (1982, the death of Leonid Brezhnev, to 2001, when 9/11 put an end to liberal politics). The English translation appeared 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, 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 Saint 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.

Out of fear of persecution by the Russian authorities he fled to Germany.[3] His daughter Olga is a stand-up comedian.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Бородина, Арина (Borodina, Arina) (10 July 2002). "Владимир Гусинский покинул российский медиарынок. Он продал все свои активы "Газпром-медиа". сделка" [Vladimir Gusinsky left the Russian media market. He sold all his assets to Gazprom Media. deal]. Kommersant (in Russian). Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  2. ^ Рождественский, Илья (Rozhdestvensky, Ilya); Баданин, Роман (Badanin, Roman) (13 February 2019). "Серийный олигарх. Рассказ о том, как Владимир Гусинский помирился с Владимиром Путиным" [Serial oligarch. The story of how Vladimir Gusinsky made peace with Vladimir Putin]. Проект Медиа (Proekt) (in Russian). Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  3. ^ SPIEGEL, Benjamin Bidder, DER. "Ukraine: Russland jagt die Intellektuellen aus dem Land - DER SPIEGEL - Politik".
  4. ^ "Comedian Olga Koch says she feels like she's speaking for all Russians when she goes onstage". Evening Standard. Retrieved 2018-08-16.

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Preceded by
Alexander Kazakov
Head of the Russian State Property Committee
September 12, 1996, – August 13, 1997
Succeeded by
Maxim Boyko