Boris Yeltsin


Born: 2/1/1931 in Butka, Russian SSR, Soviet Union
Died: 4/23/2007
Age: 76
Cause of death: congestive heart failure

Full name: Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin
Noted For: Soviet/Russian politician; member of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committe (1981-89); deptuy in USSR Congress (1989-91). Elected president of Russia (1991-99) - the first democratically elected leader in the nation's history. Rescued USSR General Secretary Mikael Gorbachev from a coup attempt (1991). Outlawed the Soviet Communist Party (1991). Proposed and guided adoption of Russian constitution (1991).