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Lech Walesa: Boris Yeltsin has invaluable merit to the whole world

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Russias First President Boris Yeltsin has invaluable merit to the whole world, Polands ex-President Lech Walesa said. According to the Polish ex-leader, it was Yeltsin, not Gorbachev, who was the driving force that ultimately led to the dismantling of the Soviet Union.

As he said, Yeltsin was the first Russian leader to lay flowers to the memorial in Katyn, to graves of thousands of people executed during the USSR repressions in 1937-1953, where about 10,000 Soviet citizens and over 4,000 Polish soldiers are buried." “At the same time, he was strong opponent of withdrawal of Soviet troops from Poland and our joining NATO. I pity this person, one has to admit, his life was not kind to him. All of us will die some day,” the Polish president is quoted as saying by Gazeta Wyborcza.

Russias First President Boris Yeltsin died of a cardiac arrest at the Moscow Central Clinic yesterday. He is survived by his spouse Naina, daughters Tatiana and Yelena, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Condolences to Boris Yeltsin's family and teh Russian nation were sent by many Russian and foreign prominent figures, acting president and former leader, including former US Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush, USSR First President Mikhail Gorbachev, German ex-chancellor Helmut Kohl and others.

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