Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin has died at the age of 76. No word yet on the circumstances around his death.
World leaders are remembering former Russian President Boris Yeltsin as a courageous fighter for democracy.
A spokesman for the State Department said Yeltsin "led Russia through a period of historic transformation." Defense Secretary Robert Gates said no American will forget how Yeltsin climbed on top of a tank to stand up against a coup trying to restore a dictatorial regime in Russia.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair calls Yeltsin a "remarkable man who saw the need for democratic and economic reform" in Russia.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Yeltsin a "true friend" of Germany, saying his role in developing relations between Russia and German "will not be forgotten."
Yeltsin died today at 76. A Kremlin spokesman gave no cause, but media reports say he succumbed to heart failure.