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Yeltsin, Boris Nikolayevich

Born: 1931 AD
Currently alive, at 88 years of age.

Russian politician and reformer


first secretary of Moscow Communist Party Committee 1985-1987


removed from office after criticizing Mikhail Gorbachev and perestroika


member of Soviet Politburo 1986-1988


chairman of Russian Supreme Soviet 1990-1991


at 28th Communist Party Congress, resigned from Communist Party 1990


last president of Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic 1991


prime minister of Russia 1991-1992


1st post-Soviet president of Russia 1991-1999


with George Bush, signed Start II arms limitation treaty 1993


survived anti-Yeltsin putsch led by Alexander Rutskoi and Ruslan Khasbulatov 1993


endorsed formation of Our Home Is Russia party 1995


dismissed Viktor Chernomyrdin’s government 1998, naming Sergei Kiriyenko as prime minister, but reappointed Chernomyrdin five months later on interim basis until replaced by Yevgeny Primakov


dismissed Primakov in favor of Sergei Stepashin 1999


survived parliamentary votes on five counts of impeachment 1999


resigned presidency in favor of Vladimir Putin 1999


wrote autobiography "Against the Grain" 1990 (also "Ispoved na zadannuyu temu", "Confession on an Assigned Theme"), memoir "The Struggle for Russia" 1994 (also "Zapeski presidenti" 1993, "Notes of the President")