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Moscow, Russia, April 25, 2007—Russians lined up by the hundreds to view the body of former President Boris Yeltsin in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral on Wednesday, April 25. Built during Yeltsin's presidency, the cathedral is a replica of a church destroyed by mid-20th-century Ruissian leader Joseph Stalin.

Yeltsin, Russia's first post-Soviet leader, died of heart failure on Monday, April 23, at the age of 76.

Yeltsin was a flamboyant figure during tumultuous times for Russia. During his presidency, which ran from 1991 until his resignation in 1999, Russia was beset with the growing pains of a new democracy, including the creation of a new constitution and the establishment of a market economy.

Yeltsin also presided over Russia's partnership with NATO and the invasion of the breakaway Chechnya region.

Yeltsin was buried Wednesday in Moscow's historic Novodevichy Cemetery, following a closed service attended by dignitaries including former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.

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