Monday, April 23, 2007

Boris Yeltsin Dead At 76

It has been announced that Boris Yeltsin had died at the age of 76. Much will be said about his tenure as the head of the Russian Republic, status post, Soviet Union. But a good review of his bio, can be found here. What he meant to the Russian people and the part he played in the world theater will be played out in editorials everywhere the next few days, worldwide.

I will be interested to see how the funeral and the eulogies will treat him. I would think they should be complimentary, despite not all that he did was worthy of the compliments. If we watch closely, we may be able to better gauge where Russia is really headed, based on what we hear the next few days.

4 comments:

Greg said...

I prefer Boris Yeltsin, drunk and senile, over Vladimir Putin.

LASunsett said...

Greg,

Maybe he was drunk and senile when he decided to elevate Putin and anoint him as his successor.

Mustang said...

More Russian politicians have died of "heart failure" than any other single disease. Makes you wonder why any Russian politician would willingly check in to a local hospital.

As regards Greg's comment, Putin is to be trusted as far as you can throw him, but it is important to remember that any leader will act in his or her country's best interests. He is not a friend of the United States, no more than any other foreign leader. Can we deal with Putin? Certainly . . . when in doing so we are able to accomplish our foreign policy objectives, and he is able to accomplish the same thing on behalf of his country.

LASunsett said...

Hi Mustang,

//More Russian politicians have died of "heart failure" than any other single disease. Makes you wonder why any Russian politician would willingly check in to a local hospital.//

Alcoholics have a high incidence of heart failure. Russia has a high incidence of alcoholics. You'd think the hospitals would no how to treat both, by now.