31 Dec. 1999
Moscow, Russian Federation
FILE PHOTO 9MAY96 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin walks up the stairs of the Lenin Mausoleum to atten the Victory Day celebrations in this 9 May 1996 file photo. Russia's first democratically elected President Boris Yeltsin, left his Kremlin office December 31 after resigning and handing over power to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. An early presidential election is due on March 26.