Associated Press
FILE - In this file photo taken on Friday, May 19, 2000, Rem Vyakhirev, former Gazprom chief executive, seen during a talks in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.  Vyakhirev was later replaced by Alexei Miller, a protege of Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Vyakhirev, the man who helped create Russia’s Gazprom natural gas giant and led it for nearly a decade, has died. He was 78. Gazprom said that Vyakhirev died at his home Monday. The cause of death wasn’t given.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

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