Susie Cagle Susie Cagle, 4/26/2007 [Archive]

Cartoonists Still Love You Boris Yeltsin

Cartoonists Still Love You, Boris Yeltsin

Russa's President Boris Yeltsin survived the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the rumblings of civil war and financial catastrophe, but a heart attack finally killed him last week. He didn't receive the heartfelt cartoon tributes reserved for less controversial figures. Yeltsin's squinty expressions and his propensity for vodka, not to mention his political blunders, made the former president an easy subject for op-ed obituary.

When Russia buried Yeltsin, did they bury any lingering hope for democracy too? The former president didn't do a bang-up job in his time in office, but he left behind a Russia that's slowly slipping back into its old ways under the leadership of successor Vladimir Putin--plus some empty vodka bottles, and a few less-than-flattering editorial cartoons.

Susie Cagle is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and works as a freelance writer. Reach her at susie@cagle.com.

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