Boris Yeltsin Death

The former leader of the Soviet Union, Boris Yeltsin, died recently of heart failure.

Mikhail Gorbachev paid a mixed tribute to the former Russian leader. Of Boris Yeltsin he said:

"He made many great deeds for the good of the country and serious mistakes"

His finest hour was perhaps in 1991 when he mounted a tank, protesting against the army's decision to try and take power. He also ordered tanks to fire on his own parliament when hardliners again tried to take power in 1993.

During his term in office he granted increased freedoms to the Russian population, however, his presidency became increasingly erratic. This was largely attributed to his drinking problems.

Biography Boris Yeltsin.
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