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Russia’s first President Boris Yeltsin was buried at Moscow’s Novodevichye Cemetery on Wednesday
The guns were fired three times and the national anthem was played. Three metropolitans held a funeral service prior to the burial, mentioning Yeltsin’s full official title and patronymic. This was last done during the funeral of Emperor Alexander III. Yeltsin’s widow, Naina, daughters and other relatives were present. President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, senior government officials, foreign leaders paid their tribute to Yeltsin and laid flowers at his tomb. Seven and a half years ago, when he was leaving big politics, Yeltsin bade farewell to Russians, saying words that still sound like a behest. “Today, on this very important day for me, I want to say a bit more that the personal words I usually say. “I want to apologise. “I apologise because our dreams have not come true; I apologise because I have not lived up to the expectation of those who believed that by a single push, by a single leap we can jump from the dingy, stagnant totalitarian rule into the bright, prosperous and civilised future. I have cherished this belief as well. “However, things have not worked by a single push. I seemed to be naive while problems proved to be much more difficult. We were going forward through mistakes and failures. Many people experienced shock during that time. “I have never said this before, bit I want to say now that the pain experienced by each of you turned into pain in my own heart. I spent sleepless nights tortured by thoughts what should be done to help people live better. “I am leaving. I have done all I could. I am leaving not for health reasons, but because of a knot of problems. A new generation is coming to replace me. The generation of those who can do much more and do it better. “Saying good-bye, I want to say to each of you: be happy. You have deserved happiness. You have deserved happiness and calm.”
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