Death of Boris Yeltsin

February 1931 - April 23, 2007
Moscow, Russia | Age 76

Former Russian Presidentwho escorted Russia to democracy's door, dies at 76
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Former President Boris Yeltsin, who engineered the final collapse of the Soviet Union and pushed Russia to embrace democracy and a market economy, died Monday. He was 76.

Kremlin spokesman Alexander Smirnov confirmed Yeltsin's death, and Russian news agencies cited Sergei Mironov, head of the presidential administration's medical center, as saying the former president died Monday of heart failure at the Central Clinical Hospital.

Although Yeltsin pushed Russia to embrace...

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