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Blame This Drunken Bear for Vladimir Putin

World  (tags: Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, Russia Federation, Ukraine, violence, politics, government, ethics )

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As the first president of the Russian Federation after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Boris Yeltsin's biggest mistake was picking Vladimir Putin as his seventh or ninth prime minister.

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Roger Garin-michaud (154)
Tuesday April 22, 2014, 1:16 pm
noted, thanks

Elizabeth M. (65)
Tuesday April 22, 2014, 7:03 pm
Noted with interest Carrie.

P A. (117)
Tuesday April 22, 2014, 11:55 pm
Oh dear. Explains such a lot. Thanks Carrie

Alexandra G. (250)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 6:54 am
noted, thanks Carrie

Oumar R (3)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 11:21 am
Russia is a member of the BRIC group.They should be responsive in taking on local and metropolitan issues.

Birgitta S. (202)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 1:30 pm

Birgit W. (159)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 1:44 pm

Rosa Caldwell (384)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 2:35 pm
Leave the bear out of it. It is not his fault. Lay the blame where it belongs.

Sheri Schongold (7)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 3:15 pm
Be careful in your choices, they may come back to bite you. Yeltsin had his problems, but he was not a nut case like Putin.

Joanne Dixon (36)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 3:52 pm
Rosa, I think the author is jokingly referring to Yeltsin as a bear because the bear is the symbol of Russia. And he kind of moves like a bear, especially when not sober (many people have that problem). But there is no actual bear referenced in this article.

marie T. (163)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 5:15 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 8:19 pm
“President Clinton was well aware of his alcoholism,” says Talbott. “We literally used to schedule calls early as possible in the day because the chances of Yeltsin being sober were better.”

LOL, thanks Carrie.

Duane Donecker (0)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 9:23 pm
I agree 100%, Boris Yeltsin had the opportunity to make the Russian Federation a great nation of freedom and prosperity for the Russian people. Yeltsin knew what Putin was like and never should have brought him up from the KGB or the GRU. I believe Boris Yeltsin knew this was the future of Russia and I believe this was the plan in the first place once the Soviet Union was disolved.

Colleen L. (3)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 10:34 pm
Thanks Carrie

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 3:15 am
There was also murder and extortion a plenty, which is why many ordinary Russians like him. The problem is teetotalism that was called communism never created the conditions for a democracy (which Marx said would precede communism).

l.r perry (42)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 11:24 am
Interesting perspective.

Rosa Caldwell (384)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 7:37 pm
Put the blame where it belongs. It certainly is not the bears fault.

Betty Kelly (4)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 9:44 pm
So much of what I have read & heard about Russia is negative, yet there are people fighting for Russian citizenship. I know I do not want to be under the control of Putin. I am glad I am American born.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 9:53 pm

Carrie B. (312)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 9:56 pm
Rosa, we are not talking about the bear animal. Yeltsin was nicknamed the "Russian Bear".

Jane H. (139)
Saturday April 26, 2014, 10:32 am

Theresa Robinson (79)
Saturday April 26, 2014, 3:31 pm
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