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Look who greeted me in the New Year! Weary eyed after traveling almost 5,000 kilometers in a week, I stopped at a local antique store in the rural Blue Ridge Mountain region to search for treasures. At first, I thought I was delusional due to lack of sleep during the journey. Was it really Boris, waving at me? Yes! :)) You can own this autographed poster for only $399 USD! My research indicates this is from the 1996 election, with the political slogan "Together We Will Win" written in Russian. Well, you all know the story of Yeltsin much better than me, but I vividly remember his close relationship with Bill Clinton. It was well-documented in the American media with legendary stories of Yeltsin being drunk, even roaming outside the White House in his underwear...

What different times we now live in. Back then, a willingness and strong desire to have cordial and open communications with America and the West, even to take lessons from capitalist leaders. I can't imagine that Putin and Obama will ever have such a close or friendly bond. They simply can't seem to relate to each other on a human or personal level, and definitely not in the political sphere. Yes, I think the former is important. Even in politics. Whether Russia remains an isolationist nation in 2015 is its own choice, and I have no say in it or opinion about it. I only hope that life remains stable for everyone, including all of my readers, some of whom support strong anti-Western policies, and others who wish for better cooperation with the West.

I recently read a funny article about Yeltsin and his visit to a grocery store in a small suburb of Houston, Texas in 1989. His primary reason for visiting the area was to explore the Johnson Space Center, but he was most amazed at the diversity of food in the small town market. He allegedly told members of his Russian entourage that if their people, who often had to wait in line for most goods, saw the conditions of U.S. grocery stores "there would be a revolution." :)) Of course, we all know what followed after 1989, and the impact of Yeltsin's rise and sad demise in the Russian Federation.

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In general, I think Yeltsin is an interesting historical figure. What do you remember most about him? Only that he was a drunk? Tell me some memorable stories and facts about him and how Russians lived during his Presidential terms. I didn't realize until a few days ago that he actually resigned from the Presidency during the traditional New Year's speech. I watched Putin deliver this speech two years ago, when I celebrated New Year's Eve with a Russian family in America. We have no such tradition in the USA, where the President addresses the nation on New Year's Eve. Obama is too busy soaking up the sun in Hawaii, licking ice-cream cones and sitting like a vegetable on the beach. :)

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С Новым Годом! I'm happy 2014 is over. For me, it was a difficult year, both health wise and emotionally. To make predictions about the future seems almost impossible in today's geopolitical sphere. The same is true for personal relations. People sometimes change, grow apart, move in different directions, or conversely grow closer in ways not previously imaginable. I've never been one to sit and worry over every little problem or small annoyance in life. Nor do I live by a set of rules or pre-written timeline of how things should go. The most important thing - to be present EACH day, and roll with the punches as they come. And they will always come...no matter the year, no matter the country.

I hope that in 2015 we continue to learn from one another, have open and interesting discussions, and some laughs along the way...

Soon, a lot of stories from America and the Mid-West! Thanks to all my readers for continuing to support my blog, for all the comments, and for constantly challenging me and expanding my knowledge of Russia and the world! If all goes well, I'll return to Russia next month for another visit.


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wojzeh
Jan. 5th, 2015 03:07 am (UTC)

During his time there were from of speech and press and many political parties.


Happy New Year!

peacetraveler22
Jan. 5th, 2015 03:18 am (UTC)
Thanks! Are you back from Cuba? Hope you had a nice holiday!
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asharky
Jan. 5th, 2015 03:50 am (UTC)
"...In general, I think Yeltsin is an interesting historical figure. What do you remember most about him? Only that he was a drunk? ..."


No! Much more memorable moments when he was sober! There are not many, but they caused a very brightest impressions!

Happy New Year, Shannon! ;)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GyyVfjAmvA


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onkel_hans
Jan. 5th, 2015 04:02 am (UTC)
Yeltsin has never been a drunkard.
He was ill with alcoholism, one of the gravest diseases.
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onkel_hans
Jan. 5th, 2015 03:56 am (UTC)
He was a good man. A rare quality in the high echelons of the Evil Empire.
He is the Godfather of Russia.
He was an ill man with the gravest disease. The bad men used his disease to pervert Russia.
He committed the gravest sin of starting a punitive colonial war in Chechnya. He recognized and accepted the defeat in this war of terror in Chechnya.
He understood his guilt and asked for forgiveness. Then abdicated.

But Russkies never forgive.

May he rest in peace. What he has done will be recognized if Russia is ever reborn.

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seadevil001
Jan. 5th, 2015 04:23 am (UTC)
So you respect Yeltsin choice of successor?
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andrey_kaminsky
Jan. 5th, 2015 05:01 am (UTC)
Я его не любил никогда
All filth that we have here now, as corruption and electoral fraud, it all started with him. He was a man without principles and a liar, the same as his successor and his friend Bill. He was dependent on Western countries, every year begins with a discussion of how much money the government needs to borrow from the IMF. Because of it, because he had nothing else to offer people, his whole "democracy" was a forced state. He did not understand and did not appreciate the democracy.
Obviously, this person wasn't suitable for the role of Father Founder, we will wait for homosexual president, which is associated with all of our expectations.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Я его не любил никогда
Bill should be your hero! He was getting his dick sucked by an intern in the Oval Office. :)) Do you think a true capitalist system can ever truly work in Russia? Because most of my Russian friends don't think so. Homosexual President will never happen in America during my lifetime, and probably NEVER in Russia.
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Пьер Безухоff
Jan. 5th, 2015 05:29 am (UTC)
only $399 USD!!!

OMG
peacetraveler22
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:17 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's funny! :) This antique shop had a lot of old political, military and World War II items, including Nazi memorabilia and Hitler postcards, birthday invitations....all of them are expensive to buy!
rollson
Jan. 5th, 2015 05:42 am (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:20 pm (UTC)
:)) Probably they were both drunk...too much vodka! Over the weekend, I went to watch the big UFC fight at a Russian's house. There were a lot of immigrants there - Russians, Ukrainians, Latvians....each time I turned around, one of them was pouring more vodka into my cup. At the end of the evening, I was in a very jovial mood. Just like Bill Clinton in that video. :))
(Anonymous)
Jan. 5th, 2015 06:15 am (UTC)
Я тоже думаю что сам Ельцин слабо представлял что такое демократия хотя он под знаменем демократии он и пришел к власти. Я работала учителем помню как ходила каждый день на работу и не получала зарплаты. Помню забастовки учителей по всей стране
Многие учителя ушли на рынок торговать чтобы кормить семью. Причина невыплат как тогда говорили была не в отсутствии денег а в коррупции гомударственных чиновников кто использовал их в своих нуждах. Происходило простое перераспределение и обогащение новой власти. Это только часть истории его правления. Даже не хочется вспоминать. Мизаил Горбачев гораздо более симпатичная фигура чем Ельцин.
sinkov
Jan. 5th, 2015 06:50 pm (UTC)
Ты хоть слышала о знаках препинания, учительница хренова?
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sab123
Jan. 5th, 2015 06:52 am (UTC)
Yeltsin was the Russian Washington. Just like Washington, he didn't try to grab all the power but tried to set the government system with honesty.

Obama and Putin? They're much the same in character, Obama is a Putin Light. Of course, it's not a nice character, I doubt that they can be friends with anyone, much less their own mirror.
andrey_kaminsky
Jan. 5th, 2015 08:15 am (UTC)
Блеск его величия ослепляет 8)
Yeltsin is even better than Washington! Yeltsin wasn't wearing a funny wig and wasn't a slave owner.
We are so accustomed to have a shit as rulers that we are ready to call ruler as a "worthy ruler" only because even he is shit, but slightly less shit than others.
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2tvlad
Jan. 5th, 2015 07:27 am (UTC)
Welcome to Russia

peacetraveler22
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:27 pm (UTC)
Who is with Putin here? I can't see his companion's face clearly. In Washington, DC it has been too warm lately (+20), so the snow in this photo looks wonderful! :) Hopefully, I'll return to Russia next month.
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mybathroom
Jan. 5th, 2015 07:39 am (UTC)
Good post, Shannon! Did you achieve your goal as a blogger in past year?
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kremlin_curant
Jan. 5th, 2015 08:31 am (UTC)
I was an assemblyman in my town during Yeltsin's struggle with communists in the late 80th. As the member of the democratic fraction of the Assembly I supported Yeltsin in this struggle, especially when he run for the President of RSFSR. We won.
I knew many people who personally met with him. Nobody ever said he was an drunkard even his opponents didn't in those time.
I guess he did drink a lot, but never in front of the other people. Sometimes he just looked as if he was drunk, but actually he wasn't. Unfortunately he got old and sick up to 1996 and wasn't able to reform and transform old Russia into modern democratic state as he tried at the beginning.
Anyway I keep believing he was very brave and did a lot good for the Russia and for other world by dispatching the Communism.
BTV. In my opinion this is your best post regarding Russia. Russian bloggers are very interested in what foreigners think about Russian history and politics. I'd promoted this post instead the one regarding Russian men.
camedy_club
Jan. 5th, 2015 10:03 am (UTC)
Communism is not Russian invention but progressive Europe
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a_nimaida
Jan. 5th, 2015 08:58 am (UTC)
Shannon, do you want a president Yeltsin in the US?
You want the army and the US industry has collapsed?
 
I wish you a merry drunkard US president))
You then realize ..
camedy_club
Jan. 5th, 2015 09:59 am (UTC)
But we want Monika Levinsky for Putin )))
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qui11
Jan. 5th, 2015 09:41 am (UTC)
Yeltsin did everything he was able to do that time. No other person in the contemporary history of Russia managed to do more for the country. For the Yeltsin period of governing a lot of people were looking forward to meeting new, better reality: freedom of speech, economic transformations, foreign affairs. There's no doubt he made a lot of mistakes though.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 6th, 2015 01:19 am (UTC)
And what about Putin? You think Russia is progressing and moving in the right direction under his leadership?
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camedy_club
Jan. 5th, 2015 09:58 am (UTC)
a lot of words
Could you make a digest in 1 paragraff?
peacetraveler22
Jan. 6th, 2015 01:20 am (UTC)
A lot of words? This is a short post. :)) Usually, I'm writing much more text in my stories. Do you read me though Google translate, or you understand English enough to read my original text?
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ambival
Jan. 5th, 2015 10:45 am (UTC)
You'll never understand Russians. It needs to live in Russia for a long time. I have such a friend - he is American, but he lives in Russia for many years. And know what? He is now more Russian, than some of my Russian pals }}
andrey_kaminsky
Jan. 5th, 2015 11:51 am (UTC)
Никто не застрахован
That was his mistake - to watch the official news on TV. I think a year without TV and nourishing diet of hamburgers and Coca will return the mental health to him 8)
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