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Ex-Russian leader Yeltsin to lie in state


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Ex-Russian leader Yeltsin to lie in state

The body of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin is to lie in state ahead of his funeral on Wednesday. Members of the public will be able to pay their last respects to the man who dismantled the Soviet Union. His death from heart failure on Sunday at the age of 76 dominated Monday’s press. Papers paid tribute but also noted Yeltsin’s shortcomings, including his disastrous war against rebels in Chechnya and his drink-fuelled gaffes.

Nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky had his differences with Russia’s first democratically-elected leader. Nonetheless, he had this to say: “Today we breathe the air of freedom in Russia and people have every chance for a better future. They look forward with pleasure and they know they have rights and possibilities. And for this we will always be grateful to him.” Boris Yeltsin will lie in state at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. Destroyed under Communism, it was rebuilt during his time in power.

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