Boris Yeltsin

1931 - 2007

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Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin (Russian: Борис Николаевич Ельцин, IPA: [bɐˈrʲis nʲɪkɐˈlaɪvʲɪtɕ ˈjelʲtsɨn] (listen); 1 February 1931 – 23 April 2007) was a Russian and former Soviet politician who served as the first President of Russia from 1991 to 1999. A member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1961 to 1990, he later stood as a political independent, during which time he was viewed as being ideologically aligned with liberalism and Russian nationalism. Born in Butka, Ural Oblast, to a peasant family, Yeltsin grew up in Kazan, Tatar ASSR. After studying at the Ural State Technical University, he worked in construction. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Boris Yeltsin has received more than 7,200,853 page views. His biography is available in 120 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 118 in 2019). Boris Yeltsin is the 93rd most popular politician (up from 96th in 2019), the 18th most popular biography from Russia (down from 16th 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 93 out of 15,710Before him are Ashoka, Mary II of England, Hadrian, Tiberius, Darius the Great, and Ahmed I. After him are Philip II of Spain, Philip II of Macedon, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Leonid Brezhnev, Murad IV, and Wilhelm II, German Emperor.

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Among people born in 1931, Boris Yeltsin ranks 3Before him are Mikhail Gorbachev and Rajneesh. After him are Toni Morrison, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, James Dean, Raúl Castro, Robert Duvall, Tomas Tranströmer, Alice Munro, Chun Doo-hwan, and Philip Kotler. Among people deceased in 2007, Boris Yeltsin ranks 1After him are Luciano Pavarotti, Ingmar Bergman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Kurt Waldheim, Jean Baudrillard, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Carlo Ponti, Mstislav Rostropovich, Kurt Vonnegut, Mohammed Zahir Shah, and Marcel Marceau.

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Among people born in Russia, Boris Yeltsin ranks 18 out of 2,688Before him are Vladimir Putin (1952), Nicholas II of Russia (1868), Ivan the Terrible (1530), Nikita Khrushchev (1894), Ivan Pavlov (1849), and Grigori Rasputin (1869). After him are Igor Stravinsky (1882), Kim Jong-il (1941), Wassily Kandinsky (1866), Maxim Gorky (1868), Ayn Rand (1905), and Isaac Asimov (1920).


Among politicians born in Russia, Boris Yeltsin ranks 8Before him are Mikhail Gorbachev (1931), Peter the Great (1672), Vladimir Putin (1952), Nicholas II of Russia (1868), Ivan the Terrible (1530), and Nikita Khrushchev (1894). After him are Kim Jong-il (1941), Alexander I of Russia (1777), Nicholas I of Russia (1796), Alexander III of Russia (1845), Paul I of Russia (1754), and Georgy Zhukov (1896).