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Full name: Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin
Noted For: Soviet/Russian politician; member of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committe (1981-89); deptuy in U.S.S.R. Congress (1989-91). Elected president of Russia (1991-99) - the first democratically elected leader in the nation's history. Rescued U.S.S.R. General Secretary Mikael Gorbachev from coup attempt (1991). Outlawed the Soviet Communist Party (1991). Proposed and guided adoption of Russian constitution (1991).