April 24, 2007 |
Boris N. Yeltsin, the burly, bearish peasant who struck the deathblow that shattered the Soviet Union and served as the first president of the shrunken, disorderly Russia that emerged, died Monday. He was 76. Yeltsin, who had been plagued by heart and other health problems for many years, died of "cardiovascular insufficiency" at a Moscow hospital, Sergei Mironov, head of the Russian presidential administration's medical center, told reporters.
September 8, 2005 |
Former Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin was hospitalized after falling and breaking his leg in a resort town on the island of Sardinia, officials said. Emergency workers arrived at the home in exclusive Porto Rotondo where the 74-year-old Yeltsin was staying and took him to a local hospital, said Giuseppe Soro, director of the ambulance dispatch center in Sassari.
October 4, 2003 |
Alexander Oslon remembers the day the Americans came to save Boris Yeltsin's presidential campaign in 1996. Funny, they didn't look like soldiers of democracy. "I looked out this very window," Oslon, one of Russia's premier political pollsters, recalled recently. "I saw a white car parked outside. Two men emerged. One guy was so big he had trouble squeezing through the gate. They introduced themselves as the Americans working for the Yeltsin election headquarters."
August 19, 2001 |
If there was one moment that decided the outcome of the August coup--and, by extension, the fate of Russia--it was when Boris Yeltsin looked into Boris Tesyolkin's eyes. Tesyolkin was commander of a group of three tanks that pulled up outside Russian government headquarters on Aug. 19, 1991. And it was onto his tank that Yeltsin clambered to read his appeal declaring the putsch illegal and the putschists criminals.
August 19, 2001 |
Ten years ago today, on Aug. 19, 1991, Russians awoke to the rumble of tanks moving through the streets of Moscow. It would turn out to be a kind of historical drumroll, opening the final chapter in the story of the 20th century's longest and bloodiest totalitarian regime. Hard-line military and security officials ordered the tanks into Moscow as the opening act in a halfhearted coup attempt.
March 12, 2001 |
Former Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin has left the hospital where he spent more than a month with an acute viral infection, a source in the presidential medical center said. Yeltsin, 70, who steered Russia's transition to capitalism during nine years as Kremlin leader, has a record of health problems, and his latest long spell in the elite Central Clinical Hospital triggered rumors about a new deterioration.