Czech politicians commemorate Boris Yeltsin
Former Russian president Boris Yeltsin has died at the age of 76. In a letter of condolence sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek says Mr Yeltsin was a historic personality who led Russia's transformation from a Soviet state to a modern society. According to former Czech foreign minister Jiri Dienstbier, Mr Yeltsin will be remembered as the man behind the peaceful break-up of the Soviet Union. But Mr Dienstbier also finds Boris Yeltsin responsible for failing to prevent corruption leading Russia's economy.