Boris Yeltsin

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

Originally a supporter of Mikhail Gorbachev, Yeltsin emerged under the perestroika reforms as one of Gorbachev's most powerful political opponents. On 29 May 1990 he was elected the chairman of the Russian Supreme Soviet. On ... more »

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  • ''One could see that what you are writing was that today's meeting with President Bill Clinton was going to be a disaster. Now for the first time, I can tell you that you're a disaster.''
    Boris Yeltsin (b.1931), Russian president. Comment to the press, following meeting with Clinton at the F. D. R. home, Hyde Park, NY, October 23, 1995,...
  • ''Let's not talk about Communism. Communism was just an idea, just pie in the sky.''
    Boris Yeltsin (b. 1931), Russian politician, president. Remark during a visit to the U.S. quoted in Independent (London, Sept. 13, 1989).
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