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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.




Boris Yeltsin, 1931-2007, Mayor, Moscow (Russia), President, Russian Republic, Quoted in New York Times, August 23, 1993

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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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