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Boris Yeltsin Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Butka, Ural Oblast, Russian SFSR, USSR [now Talitsa Raion, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia]
Died in Moscow, Russia  (heart failure)
Birth NameBoris Nikolayevich Yeltsin
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Boris Yeltsin was born on February 1, 1931 in Butka, Ural Oblast, Russian SFSR, USSR as Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin. He was married to Naina Girina. He died on April 23, 2007 in Moscow, Russia.

Spouse (1)

Naina Girina (28 September 1956 - 23 April 2007) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Silver hair

Trivia (11)

President of Russia from 10 July 1991 to 31 December 1999.
Was hospitalized 16 times during his presidency.
Received a World Record personal majority (determined by the winning margin in number of votes) as the people's deputy candidate for Moscow in the Soviet parliamentary elections on 26 March 1989: he received 5,118,745 votes out of 5,722,937, when his closest rival received 392,633. Yeltsin won by a margin of 4,726,112 votes.
Has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les Guignols de l'info (1988).
First freely-elected leader of Russia.
He lost his thumb and index finger while playing with a stolen grenade as a young child.
Received his education in Engineering.
Stood atop a tank to show resistance to the Communist coup in August 1991.
Stunned the nation when he announced his resignation on New Year's Eve 1999, without advance notice.
Underwent quintuple heart bypass surgery in November 1996.
When he was 3, his father was imprisoned under Joseph Stalin's purges. His alleged crime was owning property before the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. He sentenced to hard labor in GULAG for three years.

Personal Quotes (3)

[from his 1994 memoir "The Struggle for Russia"] The debilitating bouts of depression, the grave second thoughts, the insomnia and headaches in the middle of the night, the tears and despair . . . the hurt from people close to me who did not support me at the last minute, who didn't hold up, who deceived me - I have had to bear all of this.
[resignation speech, 12/31/99] I ask forgiveness for not justifying some hopes of those people who believed that at one stroke, in one spurt, we could leap from the gray, stagnant, totalitarian past into the light, rich civilized future. I myself believed in this, that we could overcome everything in one spurt.
[resignation speech, 12/31/99] Russia must enter the new millennium with new politicians, with new faces, with new, smart, strong, energetic people. And we who have been in power for many years already, we must go.

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