Originally a supporter of Mikhail Gorbachev
, Yeltsin emerged under the perestroika
reforms as one of Gorbachev's most powerful political opponents. On 29 May 1990 he was elected the chairman of the Russian Supreme Soviet.
1990 The Russian parliament elects Boris Yeltsin president of the Russian SFSR.
1991 Russians elect Boris Yeltsin as the president of the republic.
1992 Boris Yeltsin announces that Russia will stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons.
1992 A 'joint understanding' agreement on arms reduction is signed by U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin (this would be later codified in START II).
1993 In Moscow, George H. W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin sign the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
1993 Russian President Boris Yeltsin suspends parliament and scraps the then-functioning constitution, thus triggering the Russian constitutional crisis of 1993.
1993 Russian Constitutional Crisis: In Moscow, tanks bombard the White House, a government building that housed the Russian parliament, while demonstrators against President Boris Yeltsin rally outside.
1994 First Chechen War: Russian President Boris Yeltsin orders Russian troops into Chechnya.
1996 First Chechnya War: Russian President Boris Yeltsin meets with Chechnyan rebels for the first time and negotiates a cease-fire.
1999 Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.
Let's not talk about Communism. Communism was just an idea, just pie in the sky.
A man must live like a great brilliant flame and burn as brightly as he can. In the end he burns out. But this is far better than a mean little flame.
Storm clouds of terror and dictatorship are gathering over the whole country... They must not be allowed to bring eternal night.
Your commanders have ordered you to storm the White House and to arrest me. But I as the elected President of Russia give you the order to turn your tanks and not to fight against your own people.
I believe in this tragic hour you can make the right choice. The honor and glory of Russian men of arms shall not be stained with the blood of the people.
You can build a throne with bayonets, but it's difficult to sit on it.
Liberty sets the mind free, fosters independence and unorthodox thinking and ideas. But it does not offer instant prosperity or happiness and wealth to everyone. This is something that politicians in particular must keep in mind.
Today is The last day of an era past.
One could see that what you are writing was that today's meeting with President Bill Clinton was going to be a disaster. Now, for the first time, I can tell you that you are a disaster.
A sense of proportion and humanitarian action are not issues for terrorists. Their aim is that of killing and destroying.