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Ear to the Ground

Boris Yeltsin Dead at 76

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Posted on Apr 23, 2007
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The Kremlin released word on Monday of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s death, apparently of heart failure.  Yeltsin leaves behind a complex legacy.  He was instrumental in Russia’s transformation from Soviet state to democracy, but, as Mikhail Gorbachev noted, Yeltsin also made some “serious errors.”


AP via My Way News:

Yeltsin was a contradictory figure, rocketing to popularity in the Communist era on pledges to fight corruption—but proving unable, or unwilling, to prevent the looting of state industry as it moved into private hands during his nine years as Russia’s first freely elected president.

Yeltsin steadfastly defended freedom of the press, but was a master at manipulating the media. His hand-picked successor, Vladimir Putin, has proven far more popular even as he has tightened Kremlin control over both Russia’s industry and its press.

Yeltsin amassed as much power as possible in his office—then gave it all up in a dramatic New Year’s address at the end of 1999.

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By Jaded Prole, April 24, 2007 at 4:42 am Link to this comment
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Yeltsin should be remembered as the man who, while on the payroll of the National Endowment for Democracy (a CIA front) sold out his nation and even went as far as opening fire literally on its congress. The demise of the USSR has been a disaster for not only many of it’s former republics but for the world. The vacuum left by it has emboldened the most reactionary forces of empire and eliminated the need for even the pretense of worker rights.

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By jeffrey, April 23, 2007 at 8:04 pm Link to this comment
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I think the man probably tried his best he came along way baby!rip

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By QuyTran, April 23, 2007 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment

Mr. Yeltsin, don’t forget to wash off your bloody hands before going to…..?

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