Boris Yeltsin, President of the Russian Federation (February 1, 1931–April 23, 2007)

Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin (February 1, 1931 – April 23, 2007) was the first President of the Russian Federation, serving from 1991 to 1999.

Boris Yeltsin

Death

Boris Yeltsin died of congestive heart failure on 23 April 2007 at the age of 76. According to experts quoted by Komsomolskaya Pravda, recent outbreak of Yeltsin's disease was due to his visit to Jordan from 25 March to 2 April. He was buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery on 25 April 2007 , following a period during which his body had lain in state in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow. Yeltsin is the first Russian statesman in 113 years to be buried in a church ceremony, after Emperor Alexander III.

The day of his funeral was declared by President Putin to be a national day of mourning with flags flown at half-staff and all entertainment programs suspended for the day.

Yeltsin is survived by his wife, Naina Iosifovna Yeltsina, whom he married in 1956, and their two daughters Yelena and Tatyana, born in 1957 and 1959, respectively.

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