Boris Yeltsin

Topics: Boris Yeltsin, Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev Pages: 4 (1442 words) Published: April 22, 2008
Boris Yeltsin.

Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin was born on February 1st 1931 in Sverdlovsk Russia, now known as Yekaterinburg. His parents were Nikolai and Klovdiya Yeltsin, his father worked in construction and in 1934 was convicted of anti-soviet agitation and spent 3 years in the gulags. Boris Yeltsin was well educated and graduated from both Puskin high school and the Urals Polytechnic Institute with a major in constructing. Despite blowing off two fingers with a live grenade in his youth Boris was a master craftsman. In 1955 his first year in the construction business he mastered numerous skills for example stonemasonry, carpentry, glazing, driving and plastering. This achievement itself gained Boris a promotion. He became foreman and worked on numerous jobs in the Urals. In 1956 Boris Yeltsin married Naina Girina, a former student he knew in college. They had two daughters Yelena and Tatiana born in 1957 and 1959 respectively. After holding down various high profile jobs such as chief engineer he joined the communist party of the Soviet Union [C.P.S.U] in 1961. By 1969 he was made chief of housing and construction in the Sverdlovsk region. He rose through the ranks and in 1976 was elected First Secretary of the Sverdlovsk regional committee for the C.P.S.U. In 1977 Yeltsin received an order from the Kremlin to destroy Ipatyev house, this is the historical building were the last Tsar of Russia was killed by Bolsheviks. Yeltsin demolished the house overnight; in the morning every brick had been removed and placed in the city dump, even the ones from the foundations.

In 1985 Boris moved to Moscow by Gorbachev’s request. Were he took the role of first sectary of Moscow city for the C.P.S.U. This promotion allowed him to be a member of the politburo, but in 1987 Boris openly criticized the sectary of the C.P.S.U for slow reforms. As a result Boris lost his position in the party and in the politburo. Around this time Boris was also suffering from heart...
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