It's hard to know what to say about a man with such a deeply ambiguous legacy. I do, however, have clear positive feelings about "Oregon Girl" by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin:



Let me just observe briefly that I think a lot of American's national security policy elite still loves Boris Yeltsin who, for all his foibles, was pleasingly dependent on US-backing in a way that Vladimir Putin isn't. This probably has more to do with the vagaries of the oil market than with differences between the leaders, but US-Russian relations tend to get personalized, so this is what you get.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.