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You can slice me up if you want to, but it won't do you any good.

He was answering protesters and critics of his economic policies which led to dramatic price increases.

Boris Yeltsin, 1931-2007, Mayor, Moscow (Russia), President, Russian Republic, Statement to Protesters, January 15, 1992

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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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