Boris Yeltsin: The Life of Russia’s First President with Vadim Malinovsky

Boris Yeltsin: The Life of Russia’s First President with Vadim Malinovsky


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Event Description:
Boris Yeltsin was a Soviet Union politician who became the first president of the Russian Federation – elected by popular vote on June 12, 1991. Yeltsin went on to serve two terms which were marked by corruption, instability, economic collapse, and a war in the Chechen Republic– factors that led to his resignation on Jan 31, 1999. This was the first time in Russia’s history that a living leader left office voluntarily.

 In this conversation, we examine the personal and political life of Boris Yeltsin. What did he do before he became the head of Russia? What role did he play in the fall of the USSR? We will start with his early childhood and finish with Yeltsin’s personality and his role in the radical reforms of the 1990s. We will also talk about the privatization program of Yeltsin–that enabled very few young men to become billionaires and the richest oligarchs of Russia made a fortune.

Led by historian Vadim Malinovsky, this seminar will give a deep dive into the biography of Boris Yeltsin and his decisions that formed a new country after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Participants will come away with an increased understanding of why the 1990s are called “wild nineties” and why Vladimir Putin was chosen as Yeltsin’s successor.

Our conversation has been designed as an ongoing series. To learn more about Russian History with Context, check out our upcoming seminars here.

Vadim is a historian (MA) who has graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University. His focus is contemporary Russian history. He is working on a PhD dissertation on Stalin's national policy.

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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