"It was important for Yeltsin that Putin was of different generation because the country should not have been left to those who ruled it during the Soviet Union", former Kremlin Head of Administration Valentin Yumashev said during a public interview at the Yeltsin Presidential Center in Yekaterinburg.
"The agreement on friendship, cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and Russia will be abolished on April 1, 2019," TASS is reporting, citing the proposal.
The agency said 277 deputies voted to support the decision that needed 226 votes to pass.
Vladimir Putin rolled to a crushing re-election victory Sunday for six more years as Russia's president, and he told cheering supporters in a triumphant but brief speech that "we are bound for success."
There had been no doubt that Putin would win in his fourth electoral contest; he faced seven minor candidates and his most prominent foe was blocked from the ballot.
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Award-winning Serbian director Emir Kusturica says he considers President Vladimir Putin to be responsible for making Russians proud of their culture and history once again, explaining to RT why he holds the longtime Russian leader in such high regard.
In the following infographic you can see the biggest defaults in modern history from 1983 onwards. Unsurprisingly, Greece stands on top of the rest. Argentina comes a distant second, while Russia’s default in 1998 under President Yeltsin wraps up the top 3. Four European countries are found on the list.
Russian opposition politician and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov has been shot dead in central Moscow.
Nemtsov was shot four times in the back by an unknown attacker, according to a law enforcement source, as cited by the Interfax news agency.
The killer is said to have escaped in a car.
The incident happened at around 23:40 local time near the Kremlin.