Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin will be laid to rest later this morning. Vladmir Putin will be at the funeral in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, along with European Ministers and former US Presidents, George Bush senior and Bill Clinton. The 76-year-old leader who oversaw the transition of the former Soviet Union from communism to democracy died on Monday.
His grieving wife Naina, and daughter Tatyana Dyachenko, kept vigil as thousands of mourners paid their respects at Yeltsin’s open coffin. Today has been declared a national day of mourning in Russia. Boris Yeltsin succumbed to heart failure after years of ill health.
Views on his legacy differ sharply. Some say his economic shock therapy cost millions of people their savings, and his officials sold off state assets to politically connected businessmen for a fraction of their value. But others insist he brought them the freedoms they had fought for years. The funeral will be shown live on EuroNews from 1130 central European time this morning.