Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin, who passed away
on April 23 at the age of 76, was a controversial ruler to whom the
Russian people owe a debt of gratitude. A successful member
of the Soviet ruling class, he did his utmost to bring down the
communist system. In the process, he led the dismantlement of
the Soviet Union, attempting to create - for the first time in
Russia's 1,000-year history - a modern nation state. He
almost succeeded. The United States will remember Boris
Yeltsin as someone who, despite his limitations, meant well and
worked to bring his country back to the family of nations, to
freedom and humanity, which have been so often lacking in Russia's
Donald N. Jensen is Director
of Communications at RFE/RL in Washington DC, where he oversees
that international news organization's media relations. He
writes extensively on Russian politics and foreign policy. He
joined RFE/RL after a two-year assignment in Moscow as Deputy Chief
of the U.S. Embassy's Political/Internal Section. Dr. Jensen
also served as a political officer in the U.S. Embassy in
Bulgaria. He is an Adjunct Professor of Comparative Politics
at George Washington University.
Martin Sieff is Senior News Analyst for
United Press International. He earned the first two of his
three Pulitzer Prize nominations for international reporting
covering the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 and 1990.
Mr. Sieff covered Boris Yeltsin extensively throughout his career
from 1986 to when he resigned as President.
More About the Speakers
Don Jensen, Ph.D.
Director of Communications,
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Martin Sieff, Ph.D.
Senior News Analyst,
United Presss International
Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow,
Russian and Eurasian Studies and
International Energy Security,
Douglas and Sarah Allison
Center for Foreign Policy Studies,
The Heritage Foundation
F.M. Kirby Research Fellow in National Security Policy