Remembering Boris Yeltsin

The former Russian president was no buffoonhe was a brave reformer who led his country through its era of greatest freedom

Editor's Note: BusinessWeek's national news editor, Patricia Krantz, covered Russia for most of the 1990s, and served as the magazine's bureau chief from 1996 to 1999. These are her thoughts on former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, who died Apr. 23 at age 76.

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