Americans have played Democracy a lot longer than Russians have. It dawned on me that Russian people really do not know what a President is all about. I grew up with the concept as an American. My wife does not understand, her life was Communism & many times she wishes that it still was that way!
I remember reading that America wanted George Washington to be a King! I am sure that idea took awhile to leave the minds of people who had lived under a King all their lives.
1991 was the first Russian President Boris Yeltsin, by my count 17 years is not a very long time. I think that older Democracies need to have a little more finesse toward other countries that are at least making an attempt at trying.
It has been made clear to me, by living in Russia that America is only pushing Russia the wrong way. America needs to learn to play chess……
(Add Obama to the list now)
|#||President||Took office||Left office||Term|
|01||Boris Yeltsin||July 10, 1991*
|December 25, 1991*||1**|
|December 25, 1991||August 9, 1996|
|August 9, 1996
|November 5, 1996
(went to surgical procedure)
|November 5, 1996||November 6, 1996||–|
|01||Boris Yeltsin||November 6, 1996
(returned from surgical procedure)
|December 31, 1999
|December 31, 1999||May 7, 2000||–|
|02||Vladimir Putin||May 7, 2000
|May 7, 2004||1|
|May 7, 2004
(Term expires May 7, 2008)
|(Term starts May 7, 2008)||—||1|
Makes you think about all the slam dunking America does against Russia. Wrong chess moves…….
Kyle & Svet
comments always welcome.