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Eksmo (Russian: Эксмо) is one of the largest publishing houses in Russia.[1][2] Eksmo and AST (which it later acquired in 2012) together publish approximately 30% of all Russian books.[3]

Country of originRussia
Headquarters locationMoscow
Key peopleOleg Novikov [ru], general director
Publication typesBooks
Moscow International Book Fair 2011. Vadim Panov at Eksmo booth

Established in 1991 as a small book-selling company, Eksmo gradually developed into a major player in the Russian market, discovering and developing detective-novel authors such as Darya Dontsova and Alexandra Marinina, as well as publishing works by Tatyana Tolstaya, Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Tatiana Vedenska, and Viktor Pelevin. Eksmo has become especially successful as a publisher of Russian science fiction and fantasy, with writers like Sergey Lukyanenko, Yuri Nikitin, Vasily Golovachev, Nick Perumov, Vera Kamsha, Vadim Panov and Tony Vilgotsky.[4]

Eksmo introduced Russian readers to Artemis Fowl, a series of children's books by Irish writer Eoin Colfer. They also publish Dmitri Yemets' Harry Potter-derived Tanya Grotter series.


In 2011 Eksmo received criticism for publishing books which glorify Stalin and his henchmen, such as "Renaissance of Stalin", "Beria, the best manager of the 20th century" (Берия — лучший менеджер XX века, 2008) by S. Kremlev, and "Handbook of a Stalinist" (Настольная книга сталиниста, 2010) by Yuri Zhukov. A group of writers and artists, including Alexander Gelman signed an open letter questioning its editorial policy.[5] Oleg Novikov, the director of the publishing house, responded that he felt obligated to cater to the taste of his readers, and not to censor them.[6]

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  1. ^ Anastasia Vasilyeva (October 4, 2007). "Eksmo Consolidates the Market" (in Russian). RBC. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
  2. ^ "Top 20 Russian Publishers" (in Russian). April 10, 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
  3. ^ "Books' Obstruction" (in Russian). October 16, 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
  4. ^ Publishers Weekly. Global Publishing Leaders 2012: Eksmo
  5. ^ "Private correspondent (Russian)". Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  6. ^ Станислав Львовский · 13/04/2011 (2011-04-13). " — Activism, Stalinism and Capitalism". Retrieved 2014-03-07.