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Yeltsin, Boris Nikolayevich

NAME: Yeltsin, Boris Nikolayevich


BORN: Feb. 1, 1931, in Butko, Sverdlovsk Region, UralsEDUCATION:


Urals Polytechnical Institute, Sverdlovsk, Department of Civil Engineering, graduated 1955





WORK EXPERIENCE:


1955-63: engineer, Sverdlovsk.


1963-68: chief engineer, Sverdlovsk housing construction brigade.


1968-76: secretary of Sverdlovsk Party Committee, chief of construction department.


1976-85: first secretary of Sverdlovsk Region Communist Party Committee.


1985-87: first secretary of Moscow Communist Party Committee.


1987-90: lost his job as Moscow party boss after a battle with Mikhail Gorbachev over reforms, served as first Deputy Chairman of State Construction Committee.


1989-90: member of the Congress of People's Deputies of the Soviet Union.


1990-91: chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation.


1991-present: president of the Russian Federation.





AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Order of Lenin, Order of Red Banner for Labor (twice), Badge of Honor,


Order of the Cavalier of the Great Cross (Italy),


International Literary Prize Capri-90 for autobiography





LANGUAGES: Russian





INTERESTS:


Political parties: member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1961-90 (candidate member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1986-88), joined Inter-Regional Group of Deputies in Congress of People's Deputies, but has since then avoided party affiliation;





Military affairs: war in Chechnya 1994-?; blew up White House in October 1993; used tank as rostrum defending White House in August 1991; (military rank: colonel);





Sports: keen tennis player, former coach of Sverdlovsk women's volleyball team, also tried skiing, gymnastics, decathlon, boxing and wrestling;





Other interests: recreational drinking, occasional night swimming, dancing at rock concerts.





N.B.: lost left thumb and first finger playing with a hand-grenade as a child.