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  Russia also declared its independence. This was approved by the Supreme Soviet, and you know and remember that there was the Declaration on the Independence of Russia.  
 -  Boris Yeltsin
  

  I understand that it is hard for everyone, but one cannot give in to emotions...we'll have to draw lessons from the current crisis and now we'll have to work on overcoming it.  
 -  Boris Yeltsin
  

  Let's not talk about Communism. Communism was just and idea, just pie in the sky.  
 -  Boris Yeltsin
  

  There are numerous bugbears in the profession of a politician. First, ordinary life suffers. Second, there are many temptations to ruin you and those around you. And I suppose third, and this is rarely discussed, people at the top generally have no friends.  
 -  Boris Yeltsin
  

  While maintaining our nuclear potential at the proper level, we need to devote more attention to developing the entire range of means of information warfare.  
 -  Boris Yeltsin
  

  There were no strategic mistakes that could affect Russia's history and it further development. No, there were no such mistakes. Tactical errors were made in some less significant options, problems and so on. But, on the whole, Russia embarked on a correct path and it changed.  
 -  Boris Yeltsin
  

  The most important thing is that Milosevic agreed to sit at the negotiating table with the Kosovo Albanians.  
 -  Boris Yeltsin
  

  We want peace and a political solution to the situation in Chechnya.  
 -  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
  

  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
  

  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
  

  International terrorism is throwing down a challenge, and not just to Russia.  
 -  Boris Yeltsin
  

  A total of 1,580 people, the civilian population, suffered as a result of the bloody wave of terrorist acts that swept over Moscow and other towns and villages of our country.  
 -  Boris Yeltsin
  

  I refer to calls for humanitarian intervention in the affairs of another state - a new idea, this - even when they are made under the pretext of defending human rights and freedoms.  
 -  Boris Yeltsin
  

  I would like to stress here that a lasting peace in the Chechen republic and so-called peace talks with the bandits are not the same thing, and I would ask everyone to make no mistake about that.  
 -  Boris Yeltsin
  

  While maintaining our nuclear potential at the proper level, we need to devote more attention to developing the entire range of means of information warfare  
 -  Boris Yeltsin
  

  We are well aware from which countries and through which countries the terrorists are receiving support. In the immediate future I shall be calling upon the leaders of these states to put a stop to this kind of activity.  
 -  Boris Yeltsin
  

  We, Russia, are prepared to work with others. I am convinced that stability and security in Europe cannot be considered without taking Russia into account.  
 -  Boris Yeltsin
  

  We dont appreciate what we have until it is gone. Freedom is like that. It is like air. When you have it, you dont notice it.  
 -  Boris Yeltsin
  

  You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long.  
 -  Boris Yeltsin
  

  I understand that it's hard for everyone, but one cannot give in to emotions... we'll have to draw lessons from the current crisis and now we'll have to work on overcoming it.  
 -  Boris Yeltsin