Boris Yeltsin

Yeltsin's contribution should not be forgotten

Boris Yeltsin was a democrat, but it is as a revolutionary that he will be most remembered.

Friday, 27 April, 2007, 12:00am

Russia's future

Once again Boris Yeltsin, that great maverick of Russian politics and master of the unexpected and dramatic gesture, caught everyone by surprise.

And once again the 68-year-old leader has, at a stroke, managed to plunge his nation into uncertainty.

1 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Message for Yeltsin

The Charter for European Security and the treaty to limit conventional forces in Europe signed in Istanbul yesterday by 30 countries including the United States and Russia are being hailed as landmarks. But they risk being overshadowed by the worsening of relations between Moscow and the West symbolised by Boris Yeltsin walking out of the proceedings on Thursday.

20 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Russian roulette

Conspiracy theorists are having a field day with Russia's war against Chechnya. Cynics allege the bomb attacks blamed on Chechen Muslims may, in fact, be the work of agents of Boris Yeltsin's regime anxious to stir up popular feeling and rally Russians behind their ailing President.

12 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

A failing state

There have been times in Russian history when its leaders yearned to join the outside world; the age of Peter the Great comes to mind, and perhaps the early presidential years of Boris Yeltsin could be added.

4 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Yet another spy

The most obvious thing about Russian President Boris Yeltsin's sacking yesterday of his latest prime minister - the fourth one he has fired in 18 months - is that it is a sign of weakness, not strength.

10 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Wavering Yeltsin

The United States and Russia are back in business, President Bill Clinton's national security adviser declared. To judge by the warm words at the weekend summit of leading industrialised nations in Germany, the differences which led to the confrontation between Russian and Nato troops in Kosovo are a thing of the past.

22 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Ill-equipped for battle

Before carrying out the threat he made last week to Nato, Boris Yeltsin should remember Russia's past experiences in both Afghanistan and Chechnya. He should especially recall Chechnya, as he was the one who was responsible for that war.

17 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

The danger from Russia

A DECADE ago, the news that the president in the Kremlin had ordered nuclear missiles to be re-targeted against Nato countries involved in the bombing of Yugoslavia and had spoken of the danger of a World War III would have set major alarm bells ringing round the world.

11 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Leading the way with a new image

In this information age, no world leader can afford to ignore the power of television. At 68, Russian President Boris Yeltsin is no exception.

Hours before Nato mounted its air strikes against Yugoslavia, the President went on air to warn his American counterpart to think twice before leaping into action.

6 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Russian roulette

From the Asian perspective, it is easy to see the future in terms of whether China will hit its growth targets, if Japan will finally expand and whether Indonesia surmounts its economic and political problems. But there is another partially Asian country which poses a great challenge to the Year of the Rabbit.

18 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Yeltsin better

President Boris Yeltsin's stomach ulcer has stopped bleeding and surgery is not required, doctors said after a gastroscopy.

21 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Closer Moscow ties 'a victim of economics'

The main obstacle for closer relations between Beijing and Moscow is the latter's economic crisis, a Russian sinologist said yesterday.

A lack of foreign investment had put many projects into question, said Professor Vladimir Myasnikov, deputy director of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

8 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Role reversal

President Jiang Zemin could be seen beaming while his Russian counterpart, Boris Yeltsin, was visibly ailing in the brief footage released of the Moscow hospital visit the Kremlin desperately tried to dress up as a 'no-necktie' summit.

25 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

The wily survivor

Talk of a post-Yeltsin era in Russia is perhaps premature. Firstly, President Boris Yeltsin has been written off before. But every time he defied widespread speculation about his departure and managed to bounce back to the centre of the political stage.

It may happen again. Secondly, if the President has been sluggish, the opposition is no less rudderless.

19 Oct 1998 - 12:00am