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Boris Yeltsin We dont appreciate what we have until its gone Freedom is like that Its like air When you have it you dont notice Boris Yeltsin Yeltsin Boris Nikolayevich president of Russia elected shortly before the breakup of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1991 Yeltsin who was elected to a second term 1996 is a central figure in the transition away from communism in the former USSR and has dominated Russian politics in the last decade Early Life In 1930 Ignaty Yeltsin a well-off peasant of Butka village was declared kulak His mill and other valuables were seized by the state Rumors have it that Ignaty either fled the village or was sent to internal northern exile 1931 Ignatys grandson Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin was born in Butka Soon afterwards Boriss family moved to the city of Kazan where his father Nikola worked at a construction site of a machine-building factory On May 23 1934 Nikola Yeltsin was convicted of anti-socialist agitation He served three years in Stalin infamous labor camps of GULAG After his release Nikolai Yeltsin remained unemployed for awhile then worked in construction and Boriss mother Klavdiya Vasilyevna Yeltsina was a seamstress In his youth Boris blew off two fingers trying to disarm a hand grenade he was most likely playing with it not disarming it Boris graduated from Pushkin High School in Berezniki where his parents lived from the late 1930s to the early 1970s After graduation Boris went to Ural Polytechnic Institute in Sverdlovsk While in college Boris played pro volleyball for Sverdlovsk in the USSR first division In 1955 he graduated with a major in construction In 1955 he got his first job he worked for Uraltiazhtrubstroy Boris mastered twelve construction skills stonemason carpenter etc and became foreman In 1956 Boris married Naina Ioifovna Grina a student he knew in college They have two daughter Yelena and Tatiana Born in 1957 and 1959 Yeltsins engineering
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