Democratization in the Soviet Union
The recently elected president of the Russian republic, Boris Yeltsin, spoke to the Center of Democracy on efforts to instill democracy in… read more
The recently elected president of the Russian republic, Boris Yeltsin, spoke to the Center of Democracy on efforts to instill democracy in the Soviet Union. Introducing President-Elect Yeltsin was Vice President Quayle, who welcomed the Russian politician as an “ally of democracy,” and said the U.S. did not want to decide between Soviet president Gorbachev and Russian president Yeltsin, but rather wanted good relations with both the Soviet Union and the Russian republic. After being awarded the 1991 International Democracy Prize, President-Elect Yeltsin accepted the award and said he favored independence for the Baltic republics. He announced the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation had passed legislation prohibiting aid to foreign countries and regimes, and recommended the U.S. not subsidize the Soviet bureaucracy, but rather farming and manufacturing. President-elect Yeltsin delivered his remarks in Russian, which were subsequently translated by an interpreter. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
- Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr. Co-Chairman Commission on Natl. Polit. Conventions
- Peter Kelly Chair Center for Democracy->Board of Directors
- J. "Dan" Quayle U.S. Vice President [R] United States
- Allen Weinstein Founder and President Center for Democracy
- Boris Yeltsin President Russia
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