Dosvidanya, Muzhik!

April 23rd, 2007 at 12:17 pm by Mark
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     That’s my favorite picture of Yeltsin, quite often a simile for his life during the last twenty years.

     What few people remember were his frequent clashes with Mikhail Gorbachev on the issue of Perestroika, not because he was against it, but because he felt Gorbachev was moving too slowly.  Media reacted to the clashes without ever looking at the context, dubbing him a “Hardline Communist.”  They never really went back to correct their mistake.
     Needless to say, he was tough, highly opinionated and stubborn.  He said what he thought, and stuck to his guns no matter what.

     Rest in peace, Mr. Yeltsin (01-Feb-1931 – 23-Apr-2007).

Photo Credit: Unknown – Deserves credit

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3 Responses to “Dosvidanya, Muzhik!”

  1. John Kaiser Says:

    He was probably a much better man then we will ever know.

  2. Mark Says:

    *nod* Personaly, I feel like… this is what happens when your ideals as a leader are so different from those of your colleagues. It’s hard to fight corruption — his big platform — when everyone’s working against you.

  3. Zacque Says:

    I believe a salute is in order for anyone having testicular fortitude to stand in the way of politcal regression. Heck, for that matter we need a little of that here.