Former President Boris Yeltsin, April 23

Former President Boris Yeltsin, April 23Former 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. Russian officials said the former president died of heart failure. Yeltsin was a contradictory figure, rocketing to popularity in the Communist era on pledges to fight corruption. Yeltsin amassed as much power as possible in his office -- then gave it all up in a dramatic New Year's address at the end of 1999.
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