Russia's first president Boris Yeltsin has passed away at the age of 76. Cause of death has not been released. Yeltsin gained world renown for courage when old Soviet hard-liners tried to stage a coup against Mikhail Gorbachev as Gorbachev vacationed. Rallying the people of Moscow, Yeltsin stopped the coup and prevented the nascent country from sliding back into totalitarianism. He will be missed.