Dec 29, 2020
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Yeltsin told in his memoirs when he realized that he was “out of the way” with Gorbachev

The first president of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, in a video memoir published 13 years after his death, told why he delayed the Union Treaty until the last moment and in which two points he disagreed with Mikhail Gorbachev.

The recording of the conversation with the politician, who by the time of the conversation was already retired, was published by the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center. These materials have never been fully published before.

It all started with the 19th party conference. I realized that Gorbachev and I were not on our way. His half-measures, this chattering of him will not lead to anything. This is his improved socialism. This is not the way for the country. We had to part ways with him, – quotes RIA Novosti of the first president of Russia.

At that moment, Yeltsin added, he feared that the confrontation could escalate into a civil war, so he had to act carefully. The leader of the country explained that he was pulling with the Union Treaty until the very end, because he did not agree on the main two points, in which Russia was infringed.

Yeltsin stressed that he was against all taxes going to the Union treasury, since it was not clear what would be left to Russia. He believed that it was necessary to hire allied bodies to perform allied functions. Then each republic would pay for the performance of these functions some of its own share, and keep taxes.

This was a principled position. We parted. When it became clear that the Union was falling apart, then it was proposed not only by me, but also by others – a confederation. But then Gorbachev also did not agree, but he could have saved something else like the Swiss Confederation– said Yeltsin.

Earlier, a colleague of the first President Boris Yeltsin, former editor-in-chief of the Ogonyok magazine, Vitaly Korotich, told who was to blame for the collapse of the Soviet Union. In his opinion, it was Yeltsin himself, who dreamed of becoming the head of the country. According to Korotich, Yeltsin really wanted to become president. He added that the members of Belovezhskaya Pushcha were actually planning to create a confederation, distribute powers between the countries and make them become semi-independent. But Yeltsin did not agree with this.

Korotich had a chance to talk about the collapse of the Soviet Union with Mikhail Gorbachev. He said that there was nothing left to save from the country. Then there were moods to create a federation, which would include Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan. And this could very well have happened. But only the West began to make great efforts to make the former republics anti-Russian, wrote.


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