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Ruslan Khasbulatov, last president of the Supreme Soviet, died at the age of 80 – RT in French

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Aged 80, Ruslan Khasbulatov, the last chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, has died. He is best known for opposing Boris Yeltsin during the constitutional crisis of 1993.

“Ruslan Khasboulatov died in his dacha in the Moscow region,” Chechen deputy to the Duma Chamsaïl Saraliev announced on January 3 to the Russian news agency TASS.

The last president of the Supreme Soviet (Parliament) of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) died at the age of 80 and will be buried on January 5 in his native village of Tolstoy-Yurt, near Grozny, continues the agency. “The mourning ceremonies will take place in the village of Kalinina in Grozny,” his family told TASS.

Rouslan Khasboulatov, born in 1942, graduated in economics and law from the State University of Moscow, began his political career at the age of 45, in 1987, in the company of Boris Yeltsin, before being elected deputy in 1990. The same year, he became first vice-president of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR before taking the head in 1991 after the accession of Boris Yeltsin to the presidency.

During the constitutional crisis of 1993, he opposed the President of the Russian Federation, the latter ending up dissolving Parliament illegally and bombing the building.

He was arrested and imprisoned with his supporters. He will be released a year later under an amnesty law and will resume his activities as an economics professor at Russia’s Plekhanov University of Economics.

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