Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin has apparently died. Already a consequential figure by 1980, (CPSU boss in Ekaterinburg) -- nobody would have ever predicted that he would be one of the most consequential figures of the second half of the 20th Century -- which he was.
Americans have ample reason to regard President Yeltsin favorably. Whether his policies as President were a blessing for his own country is still an open question.
I hope to have more to say on President Yeltsin later, but I'm busy today, so it will have to wait. Meanwhile, requiescat in pace.