April 23, 2007
The Kremlin says a day of national mourning and the funeral for former president Boris Yeltsin will take place on Wednesday. Here in our area, Yeltsin's death has many discussing foreign policy.
At the University of Virginia Miller Center for Public Policy, many foreign affair and war experts were on hand to discuss just how the late Yeltsin was instrumental to the end of the Cold War.
"It was Yeltsin who was so instrumental in making sure that the collapse of the Soviet Union happened fairly peacefully. It was Yeltsin who came in when Gorbechev was taken hostage," said Marc Selverstone of the Miller Center.
Miller Center experts also say that Yeltsin was the public face of resistance to the coup plotters in 1991.