Boris Yeltsin has died, Kremlin announces

Boris Yeltsin has died, Kremlin announces
April 23rd, 2007  

Topic: Boris Yeltsin has died, Kremlin announces

Boris Yeltsin has died, Kremlin announces
Former Russian president led country after Soviet Union breakup


MOSCOW - Former President Boris Yeltsin, who engineered the final collapse of the Soviet Union and pushed Russia to embrace democracy and a market economy, has died, a Kremlin official said Monday. He was 76.
Kremlin spokesman Alexander Smirnov confirmed Yeltsin's death, but gave no cause or further information.
A Communist Party leader in Ekaterinburg and later Moscow during the Soviet Union, Yeltsin became president of Russia in 1991.

Although Yeltsin initially was admired abroad for his defiance of the monolithic social system, many Russians will remember him mostly for presiding over the steep decline of their nation.
He was a contradictory figure, rocketing to popularity in the Communist era on pledges to fight corruption but proving unable, or unwilling, to prevent the looting of state industry as it moved into private hands during his nine years as Russia's first freely elected president.

Followed by Putin
He also led Russia into a humiliating war against separatist rebels in Chechnya that ended with Russia's pullout.
Yeltsin, who suffered from severe heart problems during his time in office, resigned on New Year's Eve 1999, several months before his term was to end.
His prime minister, Vladimir Putin, became acting president and was elected to the post in the spring.

Seems the former Russian President is helping the United States of America again by giving the US News Media something else to Report as VT Students head back to class.
April 23rd, 2007  
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