24 April 2007

Yeltsin mourned in Moscow cathedral

The body of Boris Yeltsin, who died of heart failure on 23 April at 76, is lying in state at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which he helped rebuild after the collapse of Communist rule. He is due to be given an Orthodox Church funeral, the first for a former Russian ruler since Emperor Alexander III in 1894 (BBC).

The BBC has compiled a photo series depicting Russia's farewell to Yeltsin.

There is certainly a lot of symbolism in this: of all the achievements of Russia's post-Soviet rulers, the restoration of a partial freedom of religion is, perhaps, the greatest.

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