The West has not lived through totalitarianism, with a single ideology for 70 years.We are escaping from the burden of the past, and onlyafter we have done that will we be ready to integrate with Europeand Europe needs Russia.
1991 Addressing socialist MPs in Strasbourg,15 Apr.
Let's not talk about Communism . Communism was just an idea , just pie in the sky .Boris Yeltsin
A man must live like a great brilliant flame and burn as brightly as he can. In the end he burns out. But this is far better than a mean little flame.Boris Yeltsin
Storm clouds of terror and dictatorship are gathering over the whole country... They must not be allowed to bring eternal night.Boris Yeltsin
Your commanders have ordered you to storm the White House and to arrest me. But I as the elected President of Russia give you the order to turn your tanks and not to fight against your own people.Boris Yeltsin
I believe in this tragic hour you can make the right choice. The honor and glory of Russian men of arms shall not be stained with the blood of the people.Boris Yeltsin
You can build a throne with bayonets , but it's difficult to sit on it.Boris Yeltsin
Liberty sets the mind free , fosters independence and unorthodox thinking and ideas. But it does not offer instant prosperity or happiness and wealth to everyone. This is something that politicians in particular must keep in mind.Boris Yeltsin
Today is the last day of an era past.Boris Yeltsin
One could see that what you are writing was that today's meeting with President Bill Clinton was going to be a disaster. Now, for the first time, I can tell you that you are a disaster.Boris Yeltsin
A sense of proportion and humanitarian action are not issues for terrorists. Their aim is that of killing and destroying.Boris Yeltsin
Dissidents should be paid 13 months' salary for a year, otherwise our mindless unanimity will bring us to an even more hopeless state of stagnation. It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical: At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold . Indeed, people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts.Boris Yeltsin
I am convinced that the moment is coming when, with its message of eternal, universal values, it will come to the aid of our society. For in these words: "Thou shalt not kill; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself," lie those very moral principles that will enable us to survive even the most critical situations.Boris Yeltsin
I cannot shift the blame for Chechnya, for the sorrow of numerous mothers and fathers. I made the decision, therefore I am responsible.Boris Yeltsin
I ask you to forgive me for not fulfilling some hopes of those people who believed that we would be able to jump from the totalitarian past into a bright, rich and civilized future in one go.Boris Yeltsin