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Boris Yeltsin
1931 -

First demcratically-elected president of Russia (1991-2000), leader or instigator of various reform movements which helped bring about the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the long dominance of the Communist Party


You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long.

We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. Freedom is like that. It's like air. When you have it, you don't notice it.

1995
Letís not talk about Communism. Communism was just an idea, just pie in the sky.