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Tue., April 24, 2007, midnight

Reaction to the death of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin:

“Life dictated that our fates crossed. Together in important posts, we had to solve problems linked with the changes that were occurring in the country, democratic changes. We were able to do a lot, but we had serious differences – very big differences that the forces against perestroika and changes took advantage of.”

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev

“We didn’t always agree, but I tried to support him in his work and each time we spoke, I was struck by two things: his devotion to his country and its people, and his willingness to look at the facts and make a tough decision he thought was in Russia’s long-term interest.”

Former President Bill Clinton

“President Yeltsin was a historic figure who served his country during a period of momentous change. He played a key role as the Soviet Union dissolved, helped lay the foundations of freedom in Russia and became the first democratically elected leader in that country’s history.”

President George W. Bush

“You never should say anything bad about the dead, but Yeltsin left behind nothing good. … For me, Yeltsin was a criminal who was never punished for his crimes.”

Zargan Bugaeva, 36, of Grozny, Chechnya, whose husband and mother died in Russia’s war against Chechen separatists


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