Inspiring quotes by Boris Yeltsin

Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Boris Yeltsin

  • We don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone. Freedom is like that. It’s like air. When you have it, you don’t notice it.
  • I refer to calls for humanitarian intervention in the affairs of another state – a new idea, this – even when they are made under the pretext of defending human rights and freedoms.
  • Russia also declared its independence. This was approved by the Supreme Soviet, and you know and remember that there was the Declaration on the Independence of Russia.
  • It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical: At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold. Indeed, people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts.
  • We want peace and a political solution to the situation in Chechnya.
  • I would like to stress here that a lasting peace in the Chechen republic and so-called peace talks with the bandits are not the same thing, and I would ask everyone to make no mistake about that.
  • We are well aware from which countries and through which countries the terrorists are receiving support. In the immediate future I shall be calling upon the leaders of these states to put a stop to this kind of activity.
  • Thousands of mercenaries, who have trained in camps on the territory of Chechnya as well as come in from abroad, are actually preparing to impose extremist ideas on the whole world.
  • The most important thing is that Milosevic agreed to sit at the negotiating table with the Kosovo Albanians.
  • Your commanders have ordered you to storm the White House and to arrest me. But I as the elected President of Russia give you the order to turn your tanks and not to fight against your own people.

Boris Yeltsin (1931–2007) was a pivotal figure in Russian politics, serving as the first President of the Russian Federation from 1991 to 1999. Born in the village of Butka, Yeltsin initially pursued a career in construction before entering politics. He rose through the ranks of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, becoming the leader of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic in 1990.

Yeltsin played a crucial role in the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, declaring Russia’s independence and effectively ending the Cold War. As president, he implemented economic reforms, including the controversial shock therapy, aimed at transitioning Russia to a market economy. However, these reforms led to economic hardships and a decline in Yeltsin’s popularity.

Yeltsin faced political challenges, including a constitutional crisis in 1993 when he dissolved the Russian parliament. Despite the turbulence, he was re-elected in 1996. Yeltsin resigned in 1999, handing over power to Vladimir Putin. His presidency was marked by both historic changes and challenges, shaping the course of post-Soviet Russia. Boris Yeltsin passed away in 2007, leaving a complex legacy in Russian history.

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