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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Brother Says Yeltsin Sees Things Clearly

Many Russians may have been mystified by Boris Yeltsin's latest abrupt sacking of his government, but the president's brother says he knows what he is doing.

"He has always acted responsibly, and the later results always show that he was right in what he did," Mikhail Yeltsin said by telephone from his home in Yekaterinburg on Tuesday.

Yeltsin's actions were widely criticized, but his younger brother said the president has a clearer view than the skeptical pundits.

"Things are clearer from there [in the Kremlin]," he said. "I am completely calm about the changes."

Mikhail Yeltsin said he and his brother have fallen out of touch, but when they do talk, the subject of politics is off-limits.

"We never talk about such things, never. We talk about the family," he said.

Mikhail Yeltsin said the president still had the same old spark, but the effects of time were inevitable.

"He's as lively as ever, although, of course, we all become less active through aging. It affects everybody," he said.