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Former Russian president dead by Tanich on 23 April 2007 9:31pm
 
Think all of you guys have heard in the news by now, that the former Russian President Boris Yeltsin died today of a heart attack.
For me personally it was a bit of a shock, as I grew up during the man's presidency. I'm not saying that I'm exactly grieved by his death (after all, life at the time was not really a roller-coaster ride - corruption, Chechnya and all the rest of it) and many Russians hate him and blame him for the terrible state of our economics in the mid-nineties, to say nothing of all those who died in the war he started, but at the same time (I've just been talking to my mom about it) he was so unpredictable that occasionally it was even fun to watch him. He could be so larger than life, really.
And after all it was he who helped to finish off the USSR (again not all Russians would thank him for that, but that's the older generation) the thing he would probably be remembered for best.
What I want to ask you is what do you, non-Russians, think of Yeltsin? I mean for us he was a pretty complex figure- grand and pathetic at the same time. But it interests me how you Westners percieved this rather controversial man of Russian and, indeed, world politics.
 
Re: Former Russian president dead by Palin_Lover on 23 April 2007 10:57pm
 
Wow, didn't hear this. Thanks for posting.
 
Re: Former Russian president dead by tucsonmike on 24 April 2007 12:18am
 
I had CNN on. The feelings seem to be mixed. Older Russians are peeved he brought the old system down. Younger Russians glad for the opportunity to do new things.

Putin must be dancing a jig though.
 
Re: Former Russian president dead by Ellerd on 24 April 2007 4:07am
 
I would imagine Yeltsin's fondness for vodka and the merry jigs he danced would be how most non-Russians will remember Boris...
 
Re: Former Russian president dead by johnnythemonkey on 24 April 2007 8:57am
 
Anagram.
President Boris Yeltsin = Endless insobriety trip.
 
Re: Former Russian president dead by Tanich on 24 April 2007 10:18am
 
Johnny, that IS cruel.-:)Though very funny.
You know I remember there was a huge scandal when Yeltsin who was pretty obviously drunk grabbed a woman by the breasts. As I said, he could be very entertaining sometimes.
oh, and, tucsonmike, why do you think Putin is dancing a jig?
 
Re: Former Russian president dead by tucsonmike on 24 April 2007 7:43pm
 
I got the feeling Putin would be relieved on demise of Yeltsin. Please correct me if I am wrong. You can email me as well, I do have some Russian related questions...
Mike
 
Re: Former Russian president dead by Gollumit on 24 April 2007 9:07pm
 
Wow, didn't hear this. Thanks for posting.
 
Re: Former Russian president dead by Gollumit on 24 April 2007 9:08pm
 
I had CNN on. The feelings seem to be mixed. Older Russians are peeved he brought the old system down. Younger Russians glad for the opportunity to do new things.

Putin must be dancing a jig though.
 
Re: Former Russian president dead by geordiegirl on 24 April 2007 9:19pm
 
I think Gorbachov summed it up well when he's quoted as saying (I paraphrase), Theman did both great and terrible things. Lots of us were thrilled in UK when we saw on TV the visible dismantling of the Communist system: later we were disillusioned with the war in Chechnya and again when the alcoholism reports emerged. But he was certainly the right man at the right time in 1991.And it was fun seeing newapaper photos of the Yeltsins visiting a pub in Buckinghamshire with Prime Minister & Mrs Major.
 
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