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<p>Boris Yeltsin (R) talks to Communist Party General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow in this 1991 file photo. Yeltsin has died, a spokeswoman for the Kremlin said on April 23, 2007. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin</p>

Boris Yeltsin (R) talks to Communist Party General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow in this 1991 file photo. Yeltsin has died, a spokeswoman for the Kremlin said on April 23, 2007. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

Boris Yeltsin (R) talks to Communist Party General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow in this 1991 file photo. Yeltsin has died, a spokeswoman for the Kremlin said on April 23, 2007. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

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<p>Russian President Boris Yeltsin (C) makes a speech standing atop an armoured vehicle in Moscow in this August, 1991 file photo. Yeltsin has died, a spokeswoman for the Kremlin said on April 23, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Russian President Boris Yeltsin (C) makes a speech standing atop an armoured vehicle in Moscow in this August, 1991 file photo. Yeltsin has died, a spokeswoman for the Kremlin said on April 23, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

Russian President Boris Yeltsin (C) makes a speech standing atop an armoured vehicle in Moscow in this August, 1991 file photo. Yeltsin has died, a spokeswoman for the Kremlin said on April 23, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Leaders of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk, Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russia, Boris Yeltsin, Belarus, Stanislav Shshkevich, Armenia, Levon Ter-Petrosyan, and Moldova, Mircea Snegur pose for photographers after sighing a deal which had created a loose 12-member post-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), in Kazakhastan's capital Almaty in this December 21 1991 file photo. Yeltsin, who presided over the demise of the Soviet Union and Russia's transition to a free market, has died, the Kremlin said on Monday. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov</p>

Leaders of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk, Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russia, Boris Yeltsin, Belarus, Stanislav Shshkevich, Armenia, Levon Ter-Petrosyan, and Moldova, Mircea Snegur pose for photographers after sighing a deal which had created a...more

Leaders of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk, Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russia, Boris Yeltsin, Belarus, Stanislav Shshkevich, Armenia, Levon Ter-Petrosyan, and Moldova, Mircea Snegur pose for photographers after sighing a deal which had created a loose 12-member post-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), in Kazakhastan's capital Almaty in this December 21 1991 file photo. Yeltsin, who presided over the demise of the Soviet Union and Russia's transition to a free market, has died, the Kremlin said on Monday. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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<p>Black smoke pours out of Moscow's besieged White House parliament building after tanks fired shells into it October 4, 1993. Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, who buried the Soviet Union then led Russia through its chaotic first years of independence, died on April 23, 2007 aged 76, the Kremlin said. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor/Files</p>

Black smoke pours out of Moscow's besieged White House parliament building after tanks fired shells into it October 4, 1993. Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, who buried the Soviet Union then led Russia through its chaotic first years of...more

Black smoke pours out of Moscow's besieged White House parliament building after tanks fired shells into it October 4, 1993. Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, who buried the Soviet Union then led Russia through its chaotic first years of independence, died on April 23, 2007 aged 76, the Kremlin said. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor/Files

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