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... the former postmodernist theatre director who was Boris Yeltsin's deputy chief of staff and then Putin's lead strategist. Surkov directs a policy, borrowed from Ilyin, which he calls “centralisation, personification, idealisation”. With Surkov's management, “Putin was to offer masculinity as an argument against ...
With the formal dissolution of the USSR in 1990, when Boris Yeltsin replaced Mikhail Gorbachev and became head of the newly minted Russian Federation? The historians of the future may engage in a similar debate about when Cold War II started in earnest. Was it in 2014, with the unilateral Russian ...

Russian President Boris Yeltsin finishing his glass of vodka next to President Bill Clinton in 1995 as Russia celebrated the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. (Credit: Gerard Fouet/AFP/Getty Images). Unfortunately, these nighttime escapades illustrated a larger problem that Yeltsin had ...
The Russian State Duma has refused to pass a draft address describing the activities of former leaders Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin, which led to ... and first Russian President Boris Yeltsin, recognizing these activities as destructive and anti-national,” the document read, as quoted by RIA Novosti.
The U.S.-Russia relationship was a bit different back in 2013. Early that year, Springfield-based indie-pop band Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin was invited to a rock-music festival in Ekaterinburg, a city of 1.4 million not far from the birthplace of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. (Yeltsin died in ...

When thinking about the years ahead, Mr. Putin, unlike Boris Yeltsin, does not think in terms of a successor but in terms of a successor generation. He envisions a transfer of power from his generation to the “Putin generation,” comprising politicians who came of age during, and have been shaped by, his ...
And before that, in 1996 there was the mother of all interventions when the US intervened to influence Russia's election in favor its preferred candidate, Boris Yeltsin. Carothers fesses up to that, but fessing up does not mean acquittal. In short, not only has there been a lot of US meddling since the end of the ...

MOSCOW — Parliament speaker Ruslan Khasbulatov backed away from confrontation with Boris Yeltsin today, saying he opposed efforts by some hard-liners to remove the president from office. “I'm not a support of some sort of impeachment,” said Khasbulatov, Yeltsin's chief rival in a power struggle that ...
A newly-published collection of documents shows that Boris Yeltsin was misled by US officials, who told him that the Partnership for Peace was an alternative to NATO expansion when in reality it was the precursor to it. Despite objections from Moscow, Washington quietly pressed on with expansion plans.
In 1997, then-President Boris Yeltsin named Putin his deputy chief of staff, and a year later he was made the chief of the FSB, the post-Soviet successor to the KGB. Shortly thereafter, Yeltsin appointed Putin to be his prime minister. Putin managed to take this post despite both Yeltsin's rivals and loyalists ...
Before being named President Boris Yeltsin's prime minister in August 1999, he had been head of the Federal Security Service, one of the KGB's successor agencies, which inherently is not a high-visibility position. Many observers pegged him as a gray mediocrity at the time, laughingly suggesting that his ...
As a kid in a dismal Soviet communal apartment, Vladimir Putin was a scrapper who dreamed of being an operator — diligently training in martial arts and boldly walking into a KGB office to inquire about how to become a spy. As Russia's leader in the 21st century, he's been the epitome of both traits ...
Declassified documents from U.S. and Russian archives show that U.S. officials led Russian President Boris Yeltsin to believe in 1993 that the Partnership for Peace was the alternative to NATO expansion, rather than a precursor to it, while simultaneously planning for expansion after Yeltsin's re-election ...
While Russia asserts itself in regions around the world, internally Vladimir Putin's regime is weak. It is forced to use increasingly vicious methods at home and abroad in order to maintain itself in power. Putin inherited an authoritarian regime from Boris Yeltsin but made it tougher. The Kremlin gained control ...
The oligarchs had “privatized” the formerly state-owned economy into their own pockets (with a little help from the local mafia), and they had co-opted President Boris Yeltsin as their front-man. Freely elected and once popular for his dramatic defence of democracy in the attempted Communist come-back ...


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