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04.23.07

Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin Dies

Former Russian president Boris Yeltsin, 76, has died.  Russia's Interfax News Agency cited an unidentified medical source saying that he died of heart failure.

The Kremlin says a day of national mourning and the funeral for Yeltsin will take place on Wednesday.

In the final years of his presidency Yeltsin was dogged with health problems.  During his nine years as Russia's first freely elected president, he engineered the final collapse of the Soviet Union and pushed Russia to embrace democracy and a market economy.

He may be best known for standing atop a tank to resist an attempted coup in August of 1991.  Yeltsin resigned on New Year's Eve 1999 several months before his term was supposed to end.

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