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Thursday, 26 April 2007

Boris Yeltsin - an obituary that tells the truth

Boris Yeltsin 1931-2007|Socialist Worker

The mainstream media has been hailing the late Boris Yeltsin as the man who helped destroy "communism" in the 1980s with his heroic leadership of the Russian people against a "fascist" coup by disgruntled elements still loyal to the old ways.
They say he was a lovable rascal. Boll!x
This obituary from Socialist Worker (UK) lays it out:

Yeltsin was curiously split. Right wing newspapers couldn’t decide whether to celebrate Yeltsin as “the man who brought down Communism” or lampoon him as a drunken fool who wrecked Russia’s economy.
Yeltsin was a privileged member of the Russian ruling class who dealt with the capitalist institutions of the West - the IMF and so on - in order to secure the ongoing wealth of his friends. The disaster that is Russia today owes a lot to Yeltsin and his cronies, including Putin.

2 comments:

Farrokh Bulsara said...

Roman Abramovich will probably have his Chelski team wearing black arm bands come Saturday.

Marty said...

ah farrokh, now i understand you, the inevitable funny guy. Just wait till I get back to the wild west!