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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6584481.stm



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    <DIV></DIV></TD></TR></T></T></TABLE><!- E IIMA -><!- S SF ->Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin has died, the Kremlin says.


    Mr Yeltsin was 76. The cause of death has not yet been announced. He had a history of heart trouble.


    In 1991 he famously outmanoeuvred former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and then triumphed against parliament hardliners in 1993.


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    He won international acclaim as a defender of democracy when in August 1991 he mounted a tank in Moscow, rallying the people against an attempt to overthrow Mr Gorbachev's era of glasnost and perestroika.</TD></TR></T></T></TABLE>

    #2
    He`ll be remembered in Shannon Airport for a different reason[img]smileys/wink.gif[/img]
    What once were vices,now are habits

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      #3
      very interesting life ... will be fondly remembered in this part of Ireland for not getting off the plane in Shannon to meet then Taoiseach Albert Reynolds (iirc) because he was a little under the weather

      RIP

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        #4
        Remember Martyn Turner's message in a bottle cartoon after that incident? RIP Boris.

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          #5
          If he's cremated it'll take weeks for the fire to go out[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]

          p.s. R.I.P.

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            #6


            Szhee..(hic!)...I shed zhe Bar in Zhzannon Air'por will czlose amorrow furran our azza marko reshpuct zu Borissh....'nother voddkuh...





            Beir Bua, it was indeedAlbert and the boys who were stood up by Boris on the tarmac at Shannon..

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              #7
              What a dancer

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                #8
                You've always been warned NOT TO STORE DANGEROUS CHEMICALS IN DRINKS BOTTLES.
                He must have found the vodka bottle out in the garden shed!

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                  #9


                  Originally posted by Dermot G
                  If he's cremated it'll take weeks for the fire to go out[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]

                  p.s. R.I.P.

                  True[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]Many's the shortage of vodka caused by oul' Boris. It's rumoured his liver was really a strainer.

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                    #10


                    i better sell my shares in all things vodka.......the demand side of the market has just taken a big hit[img]smileys/shock.gif[/img]


                    rip boris

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                      #11


                      From the Irish Indo. RIP Boris


                      Ex-Russian president Boris Yeltsin dies

                      Boris Yeltsin, who engineered the final collapse of the Soviet Union and pushed Russia to embrace democracy and a market economy as the country's first post-Communist president, has died aged 76, a Kremlin official said today.


                      Kremlin spokesman Alexander Smirnov said Yeltsin died, but gave no cause of death or further information.


                      The Interfax news agency cited an unidentified medical source as saying he had died of heart failure.


                      Although Yeltsin was initially admired abroad for his defiance of the monolithic social system, many Russians will remember him mostly for presiding over the steep decline of their nation.


                      He was a contradictory figure, rocketing to popularity in the Communist era on pledges to fight corruption - but proving unable, or unwilling, to prevent the looting of state industry as it moved into private hands during his nine years as Russia's first freely elected president.


                      He also led Russia into a humiliating war against separatist rebels in Chechnya that ended with Russia's pullout.


                      Yeltsin, who suffered from severe heart problems during his time in office, resigned on New Year's Eve 1999, several months before his term was to end.


                      During a stop-over in Dublin in 1994 the Taoiseach Albert Reynolds and members of the government waited at Shannon Airport to greet President Boris Yeltsin. He failed to leave the aircraft to meet them.


                      After an embarrassingly long wait the Irish leadership was informed by the president's advisors that he was "unwell" and would not be leaving the plane. The accepted version of events among journalists is that he was drunk.

                      Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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                        #12


                        Boris Yeltsin in Liscannor Co Clare last August.


                        "This was the performance Ireland had been threatening all championship but had only managed to produce in fits and starts. Defeats at the hands of France and Wales had put paid to their title aspirations, never mind a Grand Slam, but yesterday’s emphatic 24-8 win shows that this is a team moving in the right direction."

                        The Irish Times after Ireland beat England at Lansdowne Road on 19/03/11

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                          #13
                          "This was the performance Ireland had been threatening all championship but had only managed to produce in fits and starts. Defeats at the hands of France and Wales had put paid to their title aspirations, never mind a Grand Slam, but yesterday’s emphatic 24-8 win shows that this is a team moving in the right direction."

                          The Irish Times after Ireland beat England at Lansdowne Road on 19/03/11

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                            #14


                            I wonder did he apologise to the Russian people for the economic hardship he imposed on them; all thewhile, he was selling off the family jewels to the Oligarchsin order to finance his own crumbling regime.








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                              #15
                              He gave us Anna Kournikova &amp; Maria Sharapova

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