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Yeltsin: Predictably Eulogized

RAISING A GLASS TO YELTSIN THE BOOZER

I'd feel bad for him being remembered this way if it wasn't evident from his behavior that he didn't give half a shit what people thought of his habits. I look up to that about him.

The first hints of his drunkenness came in 1989. Two years after being fired as Moscow party chief, he made an election comeback and visited America.

He drank heavily. Aides blamed jet-lag and sleeping pills for his unsteadiness.