Midnight Diaries

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PublicAffairs, Oct 19, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 398 pages
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The first democratically elected leader of Russia - and the first ever to resign voluntarily - reviews his tumultuous years in office and the changes and challenges in his country. Midnight Diaries is Boris Yeltsin's personal, and revealing account of the struggles and upheavals in Russia over the last several years, seen from the perspective of the man whose job it was to pull all the strings together. Growing out of a series of late-night conversations between Mr. Yeltsin and his chief of staff, the book addresses subjects including: the real impact of the coup of 1991; the process of decision-making about Chechnya; Yeltsin's relationships with world leaders including Bill Clinton, Helmut Kohl, Jacques Chirac, Zhao Zemin, and Tony Blair; the real story behind the string of prime ministers he hired and then dismissed; the Russian economy and allegations of corruption; his own health; and his decision to retire from the presidency.

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The first democratically elected Russian head of state gives us a memoir of his second term in office, following up The Struggle for Russia (Times Bks., 1994), his account of the first term. Like its ... Read full review

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Boris Yeltsin was born on February 1, 1931. He graduated from the Ural Polytechnic Institute in Sverdlovsk, where he studied construction, in 1955. He was a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1961 to 1990 and began working for the administration in 1968. He became the first President of the Russian Federation in 1991 and served until 1999, when he resigned naming Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as acting president until the next election. He died on April 23, 2007 at the age of 76.

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