As Communist party boss in Sverdlovsk, Yeltsin is ordered to destroy
the Ipatyev House where the last Tsar had been murdered.
Promoted to first secretary of the Moscow City Party Committee. Akin
to the mayor, the position includes membership in the Politburo, the
Soviet Union's de facto ruling body.
Yeltsin wins the Russian Federation's first popular presidential election.
Stands atop a tank successfully calling on the people of Russia to
defy a hardliner attempt to overthrow the teetering Soviet regime
of Mikhail Gorbachev. Four months later the Soviet Union collapses.
Tanks surround and shell the parliament building after lawmakers defy
Yeltsin and refuse to disband. More than 140 people die in the street
fighting that ensues.
Yeltsin orders Russian troops into Chechnya to quash a separatist
rebellion. The campaign drags on for more than two years and leaves
Re-elected only six months after having approval ratings at 8 percent.
Sacks his entire cabinet in the midst of an economic crisis. This
new government would last barely five months before it too was fired
Resigned as president of Russia, apologized for failing to achieve