|1 February 1931
||23 April 2007
Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin
Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin (Russian: Бори́с Никола́евич Е́льцин (help·info), Boris Nikolaevič Yel'cin) (February 1, 1931 – April 23, 2007) was the first President of the Russian Federation from 1991 to 1999. The Yeltsin era was a traumatic period in Russian history—a period marked by widespread corruption, economic collapse, and enormous political and social problems.
In June 1991 Yeltsin came to power on a wave of high expectations. On June 12 Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic with 57% of the vote, becoming the first popularly elected president in Russian history. But Yeltsin never recovered his popularity after endorsing radical economic reforms in early 1992 (see Russian economic reform in the 1990s), which were widely blamed for devastating the living standards of most of the Russian population. By the time he left office, Yeltsin was a deeply unpopular figure in Russia, with an approval rating as low as two percent by some estimates.
After the 1998 Russian financial crisis, Yeltsin was at the end of his political career. Just hours before the first day of 2000, Yeltsin made a surprise announcement of his resignation, leaving the presidency in the hands of Vladimir Putin.
Signed on 23 April 2007 by: Richard (Leeuwarden - NL)
Rest in peace, mr. Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin.
Signed on 23 April 2007 by: from holland
Bill Clinton and you........that was fun.RIP
Signed on 23 April 2007 by: M.B.A. van elswijk
God me (geeft ons kracht naar de licht van god toe van jezus )! EN DE FAMILLIE VEEL STERKE ME !
Signed on 23 April 2007 by: Suzy
Dear Jeltsin family,
It was sad to hear that Mr.Boris died..in my eyes he was a man with a mission who tried to make Russia a better country.
And he was also a man with a good sence of humor.
May you find strength.
Signed on 23 April 2007 by: Michael van Poppel
Rust in vrede en sterkte voor de nabestaanden
Signed on 23 April 2007 by: Chentalle
Signed on 23 April 2007 by: beatrix
My condoleances to the family. May Mr Yeltsin rest in peace he was a great man
Signed on 23 April 2007 by: Thomas
My condoleances to the family and friends of Mr. Jeltsin. He was a great leader