Boris Yeltsin 1931-2007

Yeltsin passed away on Monday aged 76, and is laid to rest this morning, with a
full state funeral that befits a man who was responsible for the collapse of
the communist regime. 

was lucky enough to spend some of my years living and working in
Moscow, and was there during the
1995 elections for the Duma, which were unfortunately marred with the bombings
of a shopping centre and the Moscow Metro system.

But Yeltsin
was a man of energy and foresight. He knew that he needed to bring the younger
generations into politics in
Russia, and feted their attention
in a variety of ways, most notably by putting on a fashion show with Claudia Schiffer, and
introducing Muscovites to the fantastic music of Deep Purple with a live
concert at the Moscow Dynamo stadium, which I attended. (15 call backs for
Smoke on the Water). 

brave man, some would say that from his peasant upbringing in Nizhniy Novgorod,
to his being catapulted into the second most powerful position in the world
would drive anyone to drink, but without doubt a man of the people, a link to
his past that was never forgotten, either by him or the people he fought for.

A man who I very much liked and admired.

We raise
a glass of vodka and wish him well, wherever he goes from here.

Boris Yeltsin

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.

Boris Yeltsin, 1995


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Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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