Sergei S. Rublëv (ssr) wrote,
Sergei S. Rublëv


After an initial period where he gave Russians back some pride, his successor, Boris Yeltsin became an embarrassment for many Russians.

Getting drunk in public and being too ill to run the country in his second term were too much. Enter Mr Putin.

It's hard - even impossible - to contemplate Mr Putin coming out of a lunch with the German chancellor and picking up a baton and conducting an orchestra in a drunken fashion.

Or failing to get off an aeroplane to meet a foreign leader because he had imbibed too much vodka.

Mr Yeltsin had heart attacks; Mr Putin's a black belt in judo and a skilful downhill skier.

( "Tsars in their eyes", "Russia's love affair with strong leaders"
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