Former Chairman of the Supreme Soviet Ruslan Khasbulatov dies: TV

MOSCOW: Old Supreme Soviet President Ruslan Khasbulatov — a close ally of Russian President Boris Yeltsin before turning against him in 1993 — has died, state television said on Tuesday.
Khasbulatov, an ethnic group Chechendied at his home near Moscow aged 80, the TV report said, citing relatives.
prominent rights activist Alexander Cherkasov says that Khasbulatov died Tuesday, but did not provide a cause of death.
Khasbulatov’s body will be transported to his native Chechen village of Tolstoy-Yurthe said on Facebook.
Khasbulatov was a close ally of Yeltsin in the last days of the Soviet Union.
Khasbulatov was appointed speaker of parliament after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 by then-President Yeltsin, and the two resisted the August 1991 coup together.
But Yeltsin and Khasbulatov quickly became political rivals – the power struggle culminating in the October 1993 revolt, when Yeltsin sent tanks to storm the parliament building.
Khasbulatov was briefly imprisoned after the rebellion. He was granted amnesty in 1994 but his political career was over.
“Yeltsin basically ruined my life”, Argumenty i mass circulation newspaper Fakty quoted Khasbulatov as saying in 2014.


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