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Old 04-23-2007, 12:46 PM
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MOSCOW (April 23) -- 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 democracy and a market economy, many of its citizens will remember him mostly for presiding over the country's steep decline.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet president, summed up the complexity of Yeltsin's in a condolence statement minutes after the death was announced. He referred to Yeltsin as one "on whose shoulders are both great deeds for the country and serious errors," according to the news agency Interfax.

Yeltsin 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.

Yeltsin steadfastly defended freedom of the press, but was a master at manipulating the media. His hand-picked successor, Vladimir Putin, has proven far more popular even as he has tightened Kremlin control over both Russia's industry and its press.

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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Old 04-23-2007, 01:09 PM
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The only thing I remember about him is when he banged his shoe on the table at the UN
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Old 04-23-2007, 06:36 PM
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marker150 - 4/23/2007 1:09 PM

The only thing I remember about him is when he banged his shoe on the table at the UN
That was Khrushchev...
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:00 PM
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Yeltsin was just another Commie pig, and Reagan simply out foxed him and finally sent him packing.
I find it so very funny that liberals actually try to make him out to have been some kind of peace loving Commie hero.
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Kilo Papa - 4/23/2007 9:00 PM

Yeltsin was just another Commie pig, and Reagan simply out foxed him and finally sent him packing.
I find it so very funny that liberals actually try to make him out to have been some kind of peace loving Commie hero.
This from a guy who posted that he wants all liberals in the USA lined up and shot in a firing squad. Model citizen. Why not keep your political BS in the Bilge, or better yet - off of this site altogether?
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:57 PM
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Hydro - 4/23/2007 8:37 PM

Kilo Papa - 4/23/2007 9:00 PM

Yeltsin was just another Commie pig, and Reagan simply out foxed him and finally sent him packing.
I find it so very funny that liberals actually try to make him out to have been some kind of peace loving Commie hero.
This from a guy who posted that he wants all liberals in the USA lined up and shot in a firing squad. Model citizen. Why not keep your political BS in the Bilge, or better yet - off of this site altogether?

DITTO!!! It is always the zealots, of any stripes, that get everyone killed

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