Boris Yeltsin

(Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin)

Boris Yeltsin
Boris Yeltsin
  • Born: February 1, 1931
  • Died: April 23, 2007
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Profession: Statesman









Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin was a Soviet and 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. During the late 1980s, Yeltsin had been a candidate member of the Politburo, and in late 1987 tendered a letter of resignation in protest. No one had resigned from the Politburo before. This act branded Yeltsin as a rebel and led to his rise in popularity as an anti-establishment figure.

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... the refusal of the military to become involved in the reforms, their allergy to anything new, their contempt for human dignity, their arrogance and self-satisfaction, their favoritism, personal whims, elitism. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A market can be a capitalist or a socialist one, but it is still a market. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
Authoritarian leadership and therefore a lack of democracy have led to a certain apathy among the people, to a sort of civil nihilism, a skepticism. Democracies & Republics ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Because my life is so hard, I feel that I am not going to extend my term artificially. Never. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Crime is the number one problem in Russia. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Dissidents should be paid 13 months' salary for a year, otherwise our mindless unanimity will bring us to an even more hopeless state of stagnation. It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical: At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold. Indeed, people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts. Miscellaneous
Do not say that someone has won and someone has lost. These are unappropriate, blasphemous words. We have all been scorched by the deadly breath of fratricide. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Do we need a central government at all? States. Nations & Nationhood
For centuries, the interests of the state were put above those of the individual. We (Russia) were practically the last of the civilized peoples of the world to realize that the strength of the state lies in the well-being of its people. States. Nations & Nationhood
I have a telephone and I'll run the country by myself. Management & Managing Government
I want to have a society based on truth. That means no longer hiding what we used to hide. Secrecy & Transparency
I will take the best from each system and introduce it in Russia.. States. Nations & Nationhood ;Capitalism
It's important to mend ties after a fight. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
One could see that what you are writing was that today's meeting was a disaster. Now, for the first time, I can tell you that you are a disaster. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Only the people who elected the President -- only those people -- can determine the President's fate. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Russia will preserve itself as a unitary state by all means. This will take place either through the civilized constitutional process or through crude force, arbitrary rule and dictatorship. Miscellaneous
The President is not a God, not a miracle worker. He is a citizen. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The sovereignty of republics is an historical inevitability. Freedom & Liberty
There can be no democratic society where the interests of any minority … are not protected. Minorities & Women
There must not be a party monopoly on power. Political Parties & Machines
You can slice me up if you want to, but it won't do you any good. Miscellaneous
A man must live like a great brilliant flame and burn as brightly as he can. In the end he burns out. But this is far better than a mean little flame.
A total of 1,580 people, the civilian population, suffered as a result of the bloody wave of terrorist acts that swept over Moscow and other towns and villages of our country.
Europe has found itself confronted with fresh challenges - challenges of a global character, the nature of which is directly connected with changes in the international climate and the difficulties of seeking new models for co-operation. Nature
I refer to calls for humanitarian intervention in the affairs of another state - a new idea, this - even when they are made under the pretext of defending human rights and freedoms.
I understand that it's hard for everyone, but one cannot give in to emotions... we'll have to draw lessons from the current crisis and now we'll have to work on overcoming it. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I would like to stress here that a lasting peace in the Chechen republic and so-called peace talks with the bandits are not the same thing, and I would ask everyone to make no mistake about that. War & Peace
International terrorism is throwing down a challenge, and not just to Russia.
It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical: At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold. Indeed, people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts.
Let's not talk about Communism. Communism was just an idea, just pie in the sky.
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 are a disaster. Time
Russia also declared its independence. This was approved by the Supreme Soviet, and you know and remember that there was the Declaration on the Independence of Russia.
The most important thing is that Milosevic agreed to sit at the negotiating table with the Kosovo Albanians.
There are numerous bugbears in the profession of a politician. First, ordinary life suffers. Second, there are many temptations to ruin you and those around you. And I suppose third, and this is rarely discussed, people at the top generally have no friends. Life
There were no strategic mistakes that could affect Russia's history and it further development. No, there were no such mistakes. Tactical errors were made in some less significant options, problems and so on. But, on the whole, Russia embarked on a correct path and it changed. History
Thousands of mercenaries, who have trained in camps on the territory of Chechnya as well as come in from abroad, are actually preparing to impose extremist ideas on the whole world.
We all have an equal interest in stability and security throughout Europe. The years the OSCE has existed, and particularly this year, have given rise to great expectations and at the same time to powerful disappointments. Time
We are well aware from which countries and through which countries the terrorists are receiving support. In the immediate future I shall be calling upon the leaders of these states to put a stop to this kind of activity. Future
We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. Freedom is like that. It's like air. When you have it, you don't notice it. Freedom & Liberty
We want peace and a political solution to the situation in Chechnya. War & Peace
We, Russia, are prepared to work with others. I am convinced that stability and security in Europe cannot be considered without taking Russia into account. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
While maintaining our nuclear potential at the proper level, we need to devote more attention to developing the entire range of means of information warfare.
You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long.
You have no right to criticise Russia over Chechnya.
Your commanders have ordered you to storm the White House and to arrest me. But I as the elected President of Russia give you the order to turn your tanks and not to fight against your own people.