24
Apr
07

Yeltsin dies of heart attack

Former president Boris Yeltsin, who brought down the Soviet Union and led Russia through a traumatic introduction to democracy and capitalism, died yesterday aged 76 of a heart attack.

Yeltsin, who had long been unwell, died at 3.45pm in Moscow. He will be buried tomorrow in Moscow, the Kremlin said.

Western leaders hailed the man who led Russia from 1991 to 1999 through an epic but chaotic struggle to shake off the legacy of totalitarian Soviet rule. But Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet president, paid a mixed tribute to his successor.

“I offer my deepest condolences to the family of a man on whose shoulders rested many great deeds for the good of the country and serious mistakes – a tragic fate,” Gorbachev said.

President Vladimir Putin immediately phoned Yeltsin’s family to offer condolences, the Kremlin said.

Source: Bahrain Tribune

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