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Boris Yeltsin became the popularity elected president of the Russian Republic after the failed attempted coup over Gorbachev.
Yeltsin after taking office decides to push for more Western-style democracy. This leads to many issues on implementation in the traditional econmic patterns that the USSR had in effect
Yeltsin's reform program on the economics of Russia changed economic relations failing to produce an effective market economy and leading to a financial crises in 1998
Yeltsin nominated a surprise candidate in 1999 as the prime minister of Russia. Vladimir Putin was from St. Petersburg and a former KGB operative. In December of 1999 Yeltsin became ill and resigned from his position as president. Elections were held than announced the winner in March 2000 as Vladimir Putin as the new president.
Following the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001, Putin expressed solidarity to the American people as the Russians also were dealing with terrorists attacks in their country as well. However Russia gave little support to the Americans in Iran. Russia's push to be an important international and regional actor gave them seating in NATO, G-7 (now G-8) and the EU (European Union).
Western criticism was brought on to Russia after their actions on human civil rights in Chechnya were abused over the action of terrorist attacks on the country. Many journalists that were discussing the events believed they were choreographed by the FSB or the Russian security service. Those journalists were never heard from after trying to publish their work publicly.
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