Monday, April 23, 2007

Former Russian President Yeltsin Dies

POSTED: 6:47 am PDT April 23, 2007
UPDATED: 7:01 am PDT April 23, 2007

MOSCOW -- Russian news agencies, citing the Kremlin, said former President Boris Yeltsin has died.

A Kremlin spokesman has confirmed to The Associated Press that the 76-year-old Yeltsin has died, but gave no cause of death or further information.

Yeltsin engineered the final collapse of the Soviet Union and pushed Russia to embrace democracy and a market economy.

Yeltsin was the first president of the Russian Federation from 1991-99, following the break-up of the Soviet Union.

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Distributed by Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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