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«Man, hearken heart, not mind».

The Western press writes about Boris Yeltsin who died yesterday as a man, bury communism, «father of Russian democracy», standing on a step closer to the ideas of freedom and Western values, as president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev.

The Times was published under the title: «Yeltsin. The man who buried communism ». The material is written in the genre of the column. Article starts with the observation that on the day of Yeltsin's death was not to take the Soviet era - redrawing the grid of TV, music by Tchaikovsky on the radio and television. «Even gostelekanaly did not find it necessary to modify the grid programs to quickly squeeze praise Obituaries», - the British newspaper.

«The greatest legacy of extraordinary life of Boris Yeltsin, became calm and balanced manner in which it was announced his death. Proofreading television and clock funeral music - are all signals that are sent to the Soviet times to prepare the population - died on the head the country. Mr. Yeltsin put an end to this practice, and with it, and Soviet communism », - commented The Times.

Journalists then lists the most significant achievement of the Yeltsin-politics. «It has helped to transform Russia into a normal country, eliminating gerontocracy, usual in Soviet times. He became the first leader in post-Soviet history, who died on pensions, the peaceful transfer of power to his successor », - writes the newspaper. The Times, however, notes that in Russia the death of Boris Yeltsin's perceived in different ways. For example, given the conflicting statements by Anatoly Chubais, and Gennady Zyuganov.

title in The Independent - almost the same as in The Times - «Yeltsin: The man who put an end to communism». The subtitle on the brink of what could be written about the deceased: «He watched the death of the Soviet Union and the birth of the oligarchs. His drunken escapades will be remembered as his fearlessness ». The author, Marie Dezhevski, appealed to the philosophical question of the role of personality in history and gives the answer: «The history makes the person, such as Boris Nikolaevich Yeltsin».

In its submission Dezhevski called Yeltsin «man, listen to the voice of the heart, not mind».

«When Yeltsin came to power, he did what he felt was beneficial for Russia. And while key decisions, for example, to personal freedoms, he often walked right track, what was wrong. First, he cut down the head of the dragon of Soviet communism, and then put the weakened Russia on the path of revival. The Independent further notes that Yeltsin will go down in history as a follower of the democratic course, which, as many now say, departs, his successor Vladimir Putin. However, summarizes Dezhevski, «despite ustoyavshemusya myth, Yeltsin was not a democrat in the conventional sense, he also has not been a consistent supporter of a market economy. At the same time, he was not drunk and eksgibitsionistom what might appear in the thread of the TV set yesterday by various TV channels », - notes The Independent.

The Guardian came under the heading «A man for all seasons: hero, criminal, fool». «Strong Siberian with kopnoy old hair karabkalsya for tanks on the streets of Moscow to give rebuff putschists from the KGB, he was then sent to the same tanks on the Russian parliament, launched a destructive war in Chechnya, to serve a second presidential term in elections, which were violations, ruled country during the financial crisis of 1998. He has always maintained the ability to surprise, using the last day of 1999 for the sudden transfer of power to a successor, Vladimir Putin. Over 10 years in the Kremlin and Yeltsin called a hero, and dastard and criminals, sometimes a buffoon, sometimes a strong spirit of the person », - noted the newspaper. «His economic reforms, shock therapy, inspired by Anatoly Chubais and supported by Washington in the early 90's, have been dramatic, falling living standards of Russians. The population of Russia is now only beginning to get out of the crisis, under the authoritarian rule of Vladimir Putin », - Notes on The Guardian. The article nekrologe-contained and the current criticism of Russian authorities, which The Guardian clearly opposes Yeltsin. «Russian television, tightly controlled by authorities, pompezno paid tribute to Mr Yeltsin's merits. Archival records were shown to young Yeltsin, when he began his career as a Communist boss in Sverdlovsk, and his career in the Politburo.

«There was no mention of the adverse decision to go to war in Chechnya in 1994», - summed up The Guardian.

The New York Times called Boris Yeltsin «father of Russian democracy, but at the same time, controversial politician in Russia which many blame for the loss of the Soviet Union. In this connection, the newspaper led yesterday's comments by Mikhail Gorbachev. The New York Times and then reveals that understands contradictory Yeltsin: «He founded a democratic state, but then gave back the progress of changing prime ministers. But while Mr. Gorbachev offered to perpetuate the Communist party, Mr. Yeltsin helped to shed the yoke of Communism with the Russian people », - notes the NYT. «While the commitment of Yeltsin reformatorskomu rate has been stable, he put an end to censorship in the media, tolerates criticism and led Russia to the market the way. Nevertheless, the rapid privatization of industry led to the formation of capitalism in Russia piracy and formed a new class of oligarchs, who usurped political power and plundered the resources of the country », - notes the NYT. The newspaper further notes that Yeltsin's rule was eccentric, sometimes chaotic and topornym: «Calling himself a democrat, he drove a country in the imperial style». «His relations with the United States have been difficult - writes the newspaper. - President Clinton was aware of the danger of the return of Russia to the Soviet times and in its relations with Mr Yeltsin was very careful not to provoke the communist forces in Russia to turn the clock back - to the dictatorship ».

Text: Vasily Sergeyev

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