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Monday, April 23, 2007

Yeltsin is dead.

Yeltsin is dead.

Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin ( (February 1, 1931April 23, 2007) was the first President of the Russian Federation from 1991 to 1999.


In the context of Russian History, Yeltsin is both an anomaly and atypical ruler. He signified all the contradictions of Russia yet was strong enough to support what seemed to be the 'right' thing. The fact that he even tried to do what he did is nothing short of incredible. Yeltsin gave the Russian people freedom's they have never know. Yet he also doomed the state to autocracy.

In the company of Russia's 1000 year old history, let us remember Boris Nikolayevich as a flawed, naive, dove among a colony of murderous hawks. Who had the love of his people, however short lived it was.

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