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  • Stepashin Tells About Yeltsin's Plans to Demolish Lenin's Mausoleum

    04/27/2017 9:03:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/26/17
    Moscow, April 26, Interfax - Former Russian prime minister Sergey Stepashin told how in 1998 acting Russian president Boris Yeltsin gave him an order to demolish Lenin's mausoleum. "Boris Nikolayevich charged me with demolishing the mausoleum. It was 1998," Stepashin said in his interview with Istorik magazine. Then Stepashin chaired the Ministry of Interior and made an official visit to England. "When I came back, I went to his cabinet and Yeltsin said: "Sergey Vadimovich, I made a decision to demolish the mausoleum." I told him: "Well, but how does it relate to the Ministry of Interior?" "The Ministry of...
  • 25 years after coup, Russia wallows in Soviet nostalgia

    08/22/2016 4:01:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | AUGUST 21 2016
    Communists waving Marxist pamphlets and Twitter storms praising the Soviet Union are probably not what the thousands of Russians who rallied in 1991 against a coup by hardliners expected to see 25 years later. And yet as Russia marks the symbolic anniversary of the August 1991 putsch this week, pro-Kremlin media have concentrated on nostalgia for the Soviet era, while officials have barred a rally by those who manned the barricades. On August 19, 1991, a group of security chiefs and Communist bosses who opposed Mikhail Gorbachev’s reforms declared themselves in charge, ushering in three days of turbulence. Calling themselves...
  • Compassion Play: Pope Francis vs. Boris Yeltsin

    10/11/2015 6:44:55 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | October 11, 2015 | Daniel Clark
    Compassion Play: Pope Francis vs. Boris Yeltsin by Daniel Clark In 1989, Boris Yeltsin visited a Houston-area supermarket, and was amazed by the variety of meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables that were available to the general public in the United States. According to biographer Leon Aron, the future Russian president sat with his head in his hands after that experience, before finally remarking, “What have they done to our poor people? … I think we have committed a crime against our people by making their standard of living so incomparably lower than that of the Americans.” Yeltsin, who died in...
  • When Boris Yeltsin went grocery shopping in Clear Lake [Houston, Texas, 1989]

    09/30/2015 12:19:32 AM PDT · by grundle · 37 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 7, 2014 | Craig Hlavaty
    <p>Yeltsin, then 58, “roamed the aisles of Randall’s nodding his head in amazement,” wrote Asin. He told his fellow Russians in his entourage that if their people, who often must wait in line for most goods, saw the conditions of U.S. supermarkets, “there would be a revolution.”</p>
  • The Day Frozen Pudding-Pops Destroyed Boris Yeltsin's Faith in Communism

    04/09/2015 10:19:06 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 80 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 09 April 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    After a September 1989 tour of Houston's Johnson Space Center, Boris Yeltsin -freshly elected to the new Soviet Politburo- made an impromptu visit to a typical American grocery store -'Randalls'- in Clear Lake, Texas, to have himself a look around... And more than anything he'd seen at the advanced NASA facility, what really blew Yeltsin away was the sheer variety of goods at the supermarket. The fact that such stores where to be found in just about any town in America was said to be beyond comprehension for the Soviet politician- the pictures tell a thousand words- A mesmerized Yeltsin wandered the isles, marveled...
  • Neo-Feudalism Explained (The nature of Russia today)

    02/23/2011 8:16:45 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 5 replies
    The American Interest ^ | March-April 2011 | Vladislav L. Inozemtsev
    Many Western experts today portray Russia as a country spiraling down into totalitarianism, slowly (or not so slowly) following the path of the Soviet Union, whose authoritarian regime crumbled under growing pressure from an emerging civil society. Prevailing opinion attributes this authoritarian U-turn to the nature of the contemporary Russian political elite. Members of this elite (as argued by many Western analysts, including Ian Bremmer) are recruited disproportionately from the so-called siloviye structury, that is, the law-enforcement bodies and security services, which trace their roots to the Soviet-era military and secret services.1 These assumptions join to offer what is on...
  • He will be greatly missed: CA political great Joe Shumate dead at 69 (Fiorina advisor)

    10/01/2010 8:32:57 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 1, 2010 | Carla Marinucci
    California's Joe Shumate, who left an indelible mark on the politics of the Golden State and spun his magic around the globe as consultant to Russian President Boris Yeltsin, has died at the age of 69. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and we'll be hearing and writing much more on this in days to come from friends and associates. Shumate, the former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Pete Wilson, was advising the GOP campaigns of U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina and also Attorney General candidate Steve Cooley.
  • Drunk Boris Yeltsin was found outside White House in underpants trying to hail cab

    09/21/2009 4:59:38 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 1,004+ views ^ | Sept. 21, 2009 | Paul Thompson
    Former Russian president Boris Yeltsin got so drunk during a visit to Washington that he was found standing outside the White House in his underpants trying to hail a cab to go and buy a pizza. The following night he was mistaken for a drunken intruder when he was discovered stumbling around the basement of his guest house by secret service agents. The drunken behaviour of Yeltsin, who was known for his fondness for vodka and died two years ago aged 76, were revealed by former US president Bill Clinton. Clinton, who is no stranger to indiscretions of his own,...
  • Russians face up to prosperous reality

    05/29/2007 7:04:35 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 3 replies · 596+ views ^ | 05/28/2007 | Bridget Kendall
    In the first of three special reports, Bridget Kendall, the BBC's diplomatic correspondent, reports from Russia on life and attitudes in the provincial city of Nizhny Novgorod. Nizhny Novgorod, like much of Russia, has changed significantly At 7 am on a sunny spring morning I step down onto the platform in Nizhny Novgorod. The other passengers on the overnight train from Moscow are well dressed and carrying briefcases - businessmen and women returning from meetings in the capital, it seems.
  • In Moscow in 1996, a Doctor’s Visit Changed History

    05/01/2007 11:21:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 806+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 1, 2007 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN, M.D.
    It was the fall of 1996, and Boris N. Yeltsin was running for re-election as Russia’s first president in the post-Soviet era. But he faced a crisis far more threatening than any opponent: he was desperately ill. Mr. Yeltsin had had a heart attack. He was experiencing chest pain from angina. He needed a coronary bypass operation. But his Russian doctors said he could not survive such surgery. For independent advice, Mr. Yeltsin reached out to an American doctor as renowned in Russia as he was in the United States: Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, the pioneering Houston heart surgeon. Dr....
  • Boris the Fighter (Bill Clinton Op-Ed)

    04/29/2007 10:24:57 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 24 replies · 628+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 29, 2007 | President Bill Clinton
    AS I walked behind Boris Yeltsin’s coffin at Novodevichy Cemetery on Wednesday, I found myself thinking about the man I worked with closely for nearly eight years and the role he played in changing the world, mostly for the better. Every time I met with him, Mr. Yeltsin left no doubt that he had two objectives above all others. The first was to make sure that the Russian people never again had to live under communism, or autocratic ultranationalism. The second was to form a solid, lasting partnership between a democratic Russia and the West. On the big issues that...
  • Russia in defence warning to US

    04/26/2007 8:25:06 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 21 replies · 642+ views ^ | 04/26/2007 |
    Russia may stop implementing a key defence treaty because of concerns over US plans for a missile shield in Europe, President Vladimir Putin said. Mr Putin made the threat during his annual address to parliament - which he said would be his last as president. He also hit out at an influx of foreign money which he said was being used to meddle in Russia's internal affairs. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dismissed Russian concerns over the missile shield as "ludicrous". BBC diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus says Mr Putin's speech marks a significant raising of diplomatic stakes. The Russian...
  • Russia bids farewell to Yeltsin

    04/25/2007 8:50:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 686+ views
    AP ^ | April 25, 2007 | MARIA DANILOVA
    Russia bid a solemn farewell Wednesday to Boris Yeltsin, its first post-Soviet leader, in a funeral presided over by some two dozen white-robed priests, with a crowd of dignitaries including President Vladimir Putin and two former U.S. leaders in attendance.The elaborate Cathedral of Christ the Savior echoed with priests' chanting and the a capella choir singing the funeral liturgy during the 85-minute ceremony. It was a placid finale for one of the most dramatic and controversial figures of modern political history.Yeltsin was a key engineer of the end of the Soviet Union and led the country into often-chaotic attempts to...
  • Why Boris Yeltsin's legacy is rosier in the West

    04/25/2007 6:13:58 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 16 replies · 478+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 25, 2007 | Fred Weir
    MOSCOW - To Western eyes, it was the new, democratic Russia. Boris Yeltsin, the man who had wrested the country from the grip of communism two years earlier, was facing what he described as an armed "mutiny" by communist holdovers in the country's elected parliament. So when Mr. Yeltsin sent troops and tanks to disperse the Supreme Soviet legislature and arrest its leaders, Western leaders cheered his actions. But many Russians were appalled. "When I heard [then US President Bill] Clinton describing Yeltsin's actions as 'a triumph for democracy,' I was horrified," says Viktor Kremeniuk, deputy director of the official...
  • Boris The Bear Killer

    04/24/2007 3:53:48 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 6 replies · 315+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 24 April 2007 | Staff
    Freedom Fighter: The suave Mikhail Gorbachev, making a fine living today giving speeches around the world, was not Russia's great hero of the late 20th century. Its real hero was the uncouth Boris Yeltsin. If your local Rotary has $100,000 to spare, the London Speaker Bureau will arrange to have what it describes as "Soviet statesman" Gorbachev drop by and reminisce about how his catchphrases — glasnost and perestroika — ended Soviet communism. But the magical powers of his "openness" and "restructuring" campaigns were little help against the hard-line Communists who nearly succeeded in a coup against Gorby. Yeltsin, who...
  • For Russians, a symbol of weakness and loss

    04/24/2007 5:41:55 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 7 replies · 405+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | April 24, 2007 | Marshall I. Goldman
    [...] Yeltsin was a true hero and the hope was that he would use this momentum to further the move toward democracy and a market system that Gorbachev had just begun. I was in Moscow at the time of the coup attempt and when Yeltsin put down the coup, the public was thrilled and proud of themselves in a way I had never sensed in Moscow before or since. The trouble was that Yeltsin stood by as others, including some American advisers, allowed some of Russia's most prized assets to be turned over to a very few undeserving individuals. Overnight...
  • BREAKING on MSNBC: Boris Yeltsin dead

    04/23/2007 6:49:06 AM PDT · by dawgmeat9 · 125 replies · 6,830+ views
    Boris Yeltsin is dead, Russian news agencies say, quoting Kremlin.
  • Yeltsin's Place in History [National Review Online Q&A]

    04/23/2007 5:51:51 PM PDT · by jdm · 2 replies · 323+ views
    NRO ^ | April 23, 2007 | An NRO Q&A
    Boris Yeltsin, first president of Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union, died on Monday at age 76. National Review Online asked David Satter, of Hoover, Hudson, and Johns Hopkins, and author of most recently, of Darkness at Dawn: the Rise of the Russian Criminal State, about Yeltsin’s legacy. Kathryn Jean Lopez: Was Yeltsin a hero or a villain? David Satter: Actually he was both. His role in the fall of the Soviet Union was immense and he showed great physical courage at the time of the August, 1991 coup by Soviet hardliners seeking to preserve the Soviet Union....
  • Yeltsin: Overwhelmed by the demons he unleashed

    04/23/2007 2:25:25 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 509+ views
    Times Online ^ | April 23 2007 | Michael Binyon
    How Yeltsin the reformer was in too much of a hurry Boris Yeltsin was Russia’s liberator, the man who brought to an end 70 years of Communist oppression. But he was also the man who almost destroyed Russia by letting liberty turn to licence, democracy to anarchy and the free market to rapacious exploitation. His greatest moment was his heroic defiance of the old Soviet Union in the summer of 1991, when he clambered atop a tank and single handedly faced down the plotters who had staged a coup against Mikhail Gorbachev. But like so many Russian leaders, triumph eventually...
  • Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin Dead, Kremlin Says

    04/23/2007 8:35:07 AM PDT · by stm · 4 replies · 330+ views
    Fox News ^ | 23 April 07 | AP
    MOSCOW — Former President Boris Yeltsin, who engineered the final collapse of the Soviet Union and pushed Russia to embrace democracy and a market economy, died Monday. He was 76. Kremlin spokesman Alexander Smirnov confirmed Yeltsin's death, and Russian news agencies cited Sergei Mironov, head of the presidential administration's medical center, as saying the former president died Monday of heart failure at the Central Clinical Hospital.