Boris Yeltsin

1931 - 2007

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Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin (Russian: Борис Николаевич Ельцин, IPA: [bɐˈrʲis nʲɪkɐˈla(j)ɪvʲɪtɕ ˈjelʲtsɨn] ; 1 February 1931 – 23 April 2007) was a Soviet and Russian politician who served as President of Russia from 1991 to 1999. He was a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1961 to 1990. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Boris Yeltsin has received more than 12,421,449 page views. His biography is available in 134 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 126 in 2019). Boris Yeltsin is the 103rd most popular politician (down from 51st in 2019), the 17th most popular biography from Russia (down from 10th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Russian Politician.

Boris Yeltsin was the first president of Russia following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. He was in office from 1991 to 1999. Yeltsin is most famous for his decision to dissolve the Soviet Union and for his leadership in the first Chechen War.

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Among politicians, Boris Yeltsin ranks 103 out of 19,576Before him are Murad III, Kösem Sultan, Diocletian, Mahmoud Abbas, Margaret Thatcher, and Ivan the Terrible. After him are Wilhelm II, German Emperor, Darius the Great, Heinrich Himmler, Angela Merkel, Franz Joseph I of Austria, and Henry IV of France.

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Among people born in 1931, Boris Yeltsin ranks 2Before him is Mikhail Gorbachev. After him are Rajneesh, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Toni Morrison, Raúl Castro, Mário Zagallo, James Dean, Tomas Tranströmer, Irvin D. Yalom, Isabel Martínez de Perón, and Raymond Kopa. Among people deceased in 2007, Boris Yeltsin ranks 2Before him is Ingmar Bergman. After him are Luciano Pavarotti, Michelangelo Antonioni, Kurt Waldheim, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Jean Baudrillard, Ève Curie, Marcel Marceau, Anna Nicole Smith, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Paul Tibbets.

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Among people born in Russia, Boris Yeltsin ranks 17 out of 3,761Before him are Nikita Khrushchev (1894), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840), Nicholas II of Russia (1868), Grigori Rasputin (1869), Alexander Pushkin (1799), and Ivan the Terrible (1530). After him are Kim Jong-il (1941), Wassily Kandinsky (1866), Ivan Pavlov (1849), Ayn Rand (1905), Alexander I of Russia (1777), and Lev Yashin (1929).


Among politicians born in Russia, Boris Yeltsin ranks 8Before him are Vladimir Putin (1952), Mikhail Gorbachev (1931), Peter the Great (1672), Nikita Khrushchev (1894), Nicholas II of Russia (1868), and Ivan the Terrible (1530). After him are Kim Jong-il (1941), Alexander I of Russia (1777), Nicholas I of Russia (1796), Yuri Andropov (1914), Alexander III of Russia (1845), and Georgy Zhukov (1896).