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.
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.
a glass of vodka and wish him well, wherever he goes from here. Nasdrovya!
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