Summary: MOSCOW (Cihan ) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has unveiled a monument to his predecessor Boris Yeltsin
, praising him for leading the country through the difficult first years after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
In between, the reader is treated to illuminating discussions of the goals Yeltsin
set himself, his sources of inspiration, comparisons to other leaders both living and deceased, detailed accounts of political and emotional ups and downs, and apologetics.
and Russia's Democratic Transformation.
WHEN BORIS YELTSIN
DIED, ON THE AFTERNOON of April 23, 2007, CNN and the BBC immediately interrupted their programming to run nonstop coverage of his life and legacy, but the Russian channels, all under Kremlin control, did not seem to know quite what to say.
Editor's Note: The death of former Boris Yeltsin
on April 23 brought to mind an appreciation of his political career that we first published in February, 2000, shortly after his resignation as President of Russia.
Tributes to former Russian President Boris Yeltsin
were paid in Britain on Monday after news that the 76-year old national figure had died from apparent heart failure.
Japan on Tuesday mourned the death of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin
, with officials praising Yeltsin
for his role in advancing Japan-Russia relations especially on their longstanding territorial row.
Much of the commentary following the death of Boris Yeltsin
at age 76 on Monday was of the mixed-legacy variety.
The funeral of former President Boris Yeltsin
, who engineered the final collapse of the Soviet Union and pushed Russia to a market economy, takes place tomorrow.
The low point surely came on September 30 1994, when the then Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds was left standing on the runway at Shannon Airport, as Yeltsin
failed to emerge from his plane.
1985 Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev names Yeltsin
Moscow party chief.
THE funeral of former President Boris Yeltsin
who engineered the final collapse of the Soviet Union and pushed Russia towards a market economy - will take place tomorrow.