Boris Yeltsin Has Died

Former Russian leader and the country's first elected President Boris Yeltsin has died of heart failure at age 76.

Britain's Tony Blair has this tribute.

Here's a timeline of his life, accomplishments and failures.

Here are some reactions from world leaders.

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    He was quite a guy. (none / 0) (#1)
    by Edger on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 12:36:20 PM EST
    "Yeltsin rises on a turret and around him there are no ghosts of past Kremlin rulers, but real Russians, not yet vanished," observed the poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

    Anastasia rarely appears in public. The couple have two daughters, two granddaughters and one grandson, also named Boris.
    I hope Anastasia and their kids are ok.

    He had... (none / 0) (#2)
    by desertswine on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 12:52:13 PM EST
    failures, and victories, but all in all, a force for the better.

    In retrospect (none / 0) (#3)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 01:06:41 PM EST

    He seemed good at the time.  In retrospect compared to Putin, he was great.

    I think he did more good than harm. The communist (none / 0) (#4)
    by JSN on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 01:29:29 PM EST
    government he replaced was also corrupt.

    WSWS: A political balance sheet of the Yeltsin era (none / 0) (#5)
    by Andreas on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 01:45:40 PM EST
    A political balance sheet of the Yeltsin era
    By Vladimir Volkov, 21 January 2000