Boris Yeltsin's Dead

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by mrfrosty, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. Peterkro macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2004
    Communard de Londres
    I'm guessing his liver finally gave up the ghost.
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
  3. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    Oh wow. I guess the vodka finally got to him.
  4. AVID macrumors member


    Mar 30, 2007
    Compared to Gorbachev, he hasnt actually made a lot of headlines, (none that i heard of anyway in oz) may be he's been sick for a while.
  5. mattscott306 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2007
    I didn't think vodka COULD get to Russians...
  6. brad.c macrumors 68020


    Aug 23, 2004
    50.813669°, -2.474796°
    If it wasn't for the vodka, he would have died in the 90's. It's a testimonial to the medicinal, curative and preservative properties of Russian Vodka.

    Absolut Lifeblood.
  7. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    London Town
    It'll be interesting to see how history judges this man. On the one hand he did as much as one man can do to dismantle an empire capable of immense evil. On the other he sold off all the states most lucrative assetts to his cronies whilst some citizens starved.
  8. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    Alright, that's it. I declare a moratorium on death for the next week. So if you're thinking of dying, wait a few days.
  9. Analog Kid macrumors 601

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    The Russians revere Yeltsin, and most dislike Gorbachev... They remember Gorby for the years when the shelves were empty, and Yeltsin for turning that around.

    There's no doubt that Yeltsin loved his country. He was a brave and daring individual-- he was also politically clever. My memories of his time in power were of endless upheavals in his government, but I'm learning now that much of that was calculated as he kept trying Prime Ministers until he found the one that he wanted to succeed him-- Putin. Seemed a good choice at the time, but even Yeltsin was expressing doubt recently.

    Perhaps he tried to do too much too quickly. Perhaps there was no other way... Russia has a long and tumultuous history. I hope they get their feet back under them before totalitarianism returns.
  10. RonPrice macrumors newbie


    Jun 11, 2006
    George Town Tasmania
    Yeltsin: A Personal Reflection-Sent From Tasmania


    As I was retiring from full-time teaching and settling into George Town Tasmania in 1999, Boris Yeltsin(1931-2007) sent Russian troops into Kosovo and the then breakaway region of Chechnya in Russia. Teltsin had been instrumental in engineering the final collapse of the Soviet Union and state communism in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In August 1991 he rallied his country against an attempt at a coup. This coup had been aimed at reestablishing state communism. His was one of the key political pushes in Russia to establish democracy in that country. He had made a stunning debut as the Russian President. He possessed a confessional edge no previous President had possessed. This was reflected in his memoir which appeared in 1994 and it was entitled The Struggle For Russia. I had just begun to work on the second edition of my own memoir in 1994 which was becoming increasingly confessional as the editions appeared in my computer.

    In my last years as a teacher, 1991 to 1999, and in Yelstin’s years as President in those same years of 1991 to 1999, he presided over a chaotic Russia, over his own chaotic behaviour, his own depressions, his alcohol problem and the 75th anniversary of Lenin’s death(1924-1999). In 1991 Yeltsin declared the Soviet Union extinct; in 1993 he banned the Russian parliament and the Communist Party. During all of this time the Arc Project of the Baha’i community proceeded apace in Haifa Israel on Mt. Carmel. -Ron Price with thanks to “FoxNews.Com Home>World and Associated Press,” 23 April 2007.

    That 4 year plan1 was ending when
    you resigned back in ’99, Boris and
    we were developing our resources
    after 80 years of the unveiling of
    those Tablets during the Great War.2

    The unfolding magnificence of the
    Terraces was capturing attention as
    a galvanic coherence was beginning
    at last in expansion, consolidation,
    in vision and activity, unbeknownst.

    It was a festive moment in those years
    with their chronology of expectations
    ending with the completion of that Arc.
    I’m sorry you missed it all, dear Boris,
    as tangled fears seized helpless millions
    and your time was ending in that slough
    of despond, phantoms of a wrongly
    informed imagination and those troubled
    forecasts of doom which seem to have
    been around all my life and yours, Boris.

    1 1996-2000
    2 Tablets of the Divine Plan unveiled in New York in 1919.

    Ron Price 28 April 2007
    In celebration of the 9th Day of Ridván BE 164.

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