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In pictures: Russians mourn Yeltsin

Mourners outside Christ the Saviour cathedral

Hundreds of mourners queued outside Christ the Saviour cathedral in Moscow to bid farewell to ex-Russian leader Boris Yeltsin, whose body was lying in state.

Mourners outside Christ the Saviour cathedral

Mr Yeltsin, who played a key role in ending Communist rule in Russia, died of heart failure on Monday, aged 76.

Honour guard outside Christ the Saviour cathedral

His body was brought to the cathedral, which was once destroyed by Joseph Stalin but rebuilt in the 1990s under Mr Yeltsin's rule.

Boris Yeltsin lying in state

Mr Yeltsin's body will be on public view until his state funeral and burial on Wednesday.

Scene inside Christ the Saviour cathedral

His funeral will be the first sanctioned by the Russian Orthodox Church for a former head of state since Tsar Alexander III's in 1894.

Woman and child in front of portrait of Boris Yeltsin

A national day of mourning has been declared for Wednesday, as Russians reflect on the passing of the colourful and controversial figure.

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