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In search of a European identity

Bye, Boris

Expecting insightful analysis about Yeltsin’s place in history? Sorry – my computer crashed again and ate that one. (And I’d been loosely working on it since I first heard the news yesterday afternoon and all…)

Instead, have a couple of clips that work as perfect encapsulations of both Yeltsin and Russia – the first, amiable lack of comprehension, but keenness to be seen to be in on whatever it is everyone else is banging on about ; the second, the initially entertaining unpredictability which is all good fun until you realise that this guy had his finger on the big red button…

Yep – Yeltsin was the perfect leader for Russia: drunk, a bit stupid, highly unpredictable, almost certainly extremely dangerous, and practically impossible to work out. Just like Russia itself.

Update: Go on then, have a mini roundup of good reactions – Ruminations on Russia puts him in context (though sadly no permanent link that I can find to the post, so check quickly), Blood and Treasure is somewhat dry (unlike Boris, of course), Sean is very good too, while Robert Amsterdam has a roundup of press reactions, and the Flying Rodent is – as so often – pretty much spot on.


  1. Thank you. But what did "Yeltsin" (I am used to writing "Jeltsin") say that triggered Clinton's paroxysm? I seem to remember that it was something about the journalists but have forgotten exactly what.

  2. Nothing cheers me up like seeing the leaders of two superpowers genuinely breaking down in tears.

  3. Epi,

    I would worry. They would seem unhinged.

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