Monday, April 23, 2007

Yeltsin has died, and somehow it's really hard to believe, and it's sad, too. Hard to believe they are mortals, you know. I felt the same kind of shock when Milosevic died, though there was no sadness at all then.

Yeltsin sat at a tennis game in Luzhniki just a few days ago, I've read. He was really good at it. (CORRECTION: Actually, he wasn't there, and it got people - Russian fans - worried. Sorry for confusion.)

Besides seeing him a few times at Kremlin Cup, I also bumped into him in spring 1987, when he was still a minor politician - but already considered progressive. He was visiting Ramenki then, a neighborhood in the south-west of Moscow - a really tall guy, sticking out of the crowd that gathered around him. Twenty years ago. We really liked him then.



  1. that bastard is responsible for the death of million of russian people, the west always appreciate those who bring doom to russia, the one think I dont like about Putin is that, that he did not hang Yelzin.

  2. I need to read more I guess. I thought that Yeltsin helped put Putin in office. Did you say Million of Russian People ? Where, when, how ?

  3. Yes, please

    males's life expactency dropped between 1989 and 1994 from 64 to 59 years, if thats not genocide whats then?

    this is comparable to what the ukranians call "holodomor" "The average life expectancy for Ukrainians in 1932-1933 dropped to 7 years for men and 10 years for women"

  4. A friend of mine gave me a Yeltsin bio. It was a hard read for me. I came away from it thinking that he worked hard and earned everything he got in life. That's pretty cool. He also liked to play volleyball. I think he was a guy I would have liked to have known.