EKATERINBURG, November 25. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin is convinced that Russia will get stronger, as wanted’s first President Boris Yeltsin.
“Remember the words of Boris Yeltsin, who now knows the whole country: “take care of Russia!”, – Putin said, referring to the appeal to him by Yeltsin at the time of transfer of presidential powers. “They were addressed to us all, for present and future generations”, – said Putin at the opening of the Presidential center of Boris Yeltsin.
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“Boris Nikolaevich wanted our country to become a strong, prosperous, happy,” continued the head of state. To achieve these objectives have already done a lot, overcome a lot of difficulties, Putin said. “Will solve all the challenges. Russia will grow, develop, diligence and hard work, the talent of our people, his loyalty to his Motherland,” he concluded.
Putin believes that in personality and the fate of Yeltsin “fully reflects the enormous challenges, difficulties, contradictions of the time”. “He had a strong-willed, direct, masculine character, the ability to exercise the utmost determination. And largely due to these qualities, our country did not turn from the chosen democratic path of development”, – said the head of state, Recalling that at that time adopted the Constitution of the Russian Federation, which began a constructive period of development of Russia.
“Boris Nikolayevich is deeply aware of the dramatic overhaul, passed it through ourselves, through our conscience, through the soul, through the heart. Doubted, suffered, suffered. Know what the hardest tests you have to pass to our people. And when he took the decision to resign, we asked then, as we remember, to the people of Russia with sincere, truly confessional words – this was his power, and his honesty and his openness,” – said Putin.
With a separate warm words he addressed to the widow of the first President of Russia Naina Yeltsin. According to him, she has earned the respect of millions of Russians not only as the wife of the head of state, “but as a man of great tact and perseverance”.
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According to him, the opening of “Yeltsin centre” – not only a tribute to the first President of Russia, and the reflection of an era in the history of the country, characterized by important, complex and controversial change. Putin noted that the exhibition Centre is a true story about how to build a modern Russia and what difficulties she encountered.
“We learn objectively, to cherish their history, to the inextricable centuries-old ways of our country”, – said the President of the Russian Federation, stressing that this experience need to know and learn, be proud of it and of course, “to learn from it, to feel, to perceive its spiritual and moral significance”.
Putin also thanked everyone who participated in the establishment of the centre, noting the importance of Yeltsin’s daughter Tatyana Yumasheva and her husband Valentin Yumashev.
The Russian President expressed hope that Yeltsin center will continue to receive full support and he will develop as an educational platform and as a platform for social projects. “Of course, special attention should be given to young people and its interests. I must say that this generation knows little about our recent past and about the life of the first President of our country. It is very important that the young people were regular visitors and participants in his programs, he studied the country’s history, deeply understood its importance to their intellectual and spiritual development,” Putin said.
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