April 23, 2007

So, today Boris Yeltsin died from heart failure, aged 76. Unsurprisingly, his passing is bringing him both praise and criticism for his career.

I’ll offer up some praise. He made mistakes. His plans were not implemented in the short term, and possibly never could have been. But for his failings, he brought an end to Communism in Russia. That’s the one huge ‘pro’ that outweighs all the ‘cons’ I see.


2 Responses to “Yeltsin.”

  1. Hmmm… he brought an end to Communism by declaring it illegal once Mikhail Gorbachev had done most of the groundwork.

    He then set himself and his successor up as quasi-dictator.. Is Russia better off? I don’t know.

  2. Sure, the groundwork had been done by the time he got there. That sort of political shift requires momentum and character.

    Is Russia better off? I’d have to say yes. Was it better off in the short term? No. But I don’t think things would have improved under the previous administration either.

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