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President Boris Yeltsin announced his resignation and appointed Prime Minister Vladimir Putin acting president

December 31, 1999, Moscow

Mr Yeltsin made this statement in his televised address soon after 12:00.

Mr Yeltsin and Mr Putin had met beforehand in the Kremlin.

Mr Yeltsin handed a decree on his resignation to Mr Putin in the presence of Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia, who was also invited by Mr Yeltsin in the morning.

December 31, 1999, Moscow