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RIP Boris Yeltsin 1931-2007

Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin [Борис Николаевич Ельцин], first President of the Russian Federation [1991-1999] has died, apparently from heart problems.

He was what he was, a hard drinking construction worker who made it big in politics of the same Communist Party that had thrown his father into the gulag for anti-Communist views.

The BBC obituary is polite about it.

4 comments

1 John B. { 04.23.07 at 5:56 pm }

A blue collar mayor like Richard J. Daley the Elder. But, also like Daley when it came to Vietnam, a bull-headed jingoist. It would explain Yeltsin’s poor Chechen decisions.

2 Bryan { 04.23.07 at 8:40 pm }

Chechnya was the result of his birth in the southern Urals, there was no love lost between Russians and non-Russians in the region, but for all of the “nice guy” facade, he was definitely a street fighter.

3 The Culture Ghost { 04.24.07 at 4:33 pm }

With the reports of drinking, I’m surprised he lasted this long. I hope he wasn’t sober when he went out…

4 Bryan { 04.24.07 at 5:17 pm }

I doubt he’ll require embalming, he’ll enter the coffin pre-pickled.