The man who brought Putin to the corridor of power

 who brought Putin to the corridor of power

If we look at history, it is known that Russian rulers have got power in different ways


Power came to birth as a gift for the Tsar king, Vladimir Lenin gained power after the revolution, the way for the leaders of the Soviet Communist Party to become the Secretary-General was opened by reaching the Politburo while progressing in the party.

But twenty years ago, Vladimir Putin was presented with the key to power in the plate.

Former President Boris Yeltsin and his closest allies elected former officials of the Russian intelligence agency KGB to take the country into the twenty-first century. One of them was Vladimir Putin.

But why only Putin?


Valentin Yumashev played a very important role in Vladimir Putin becoming President of Russia. Yumashev is a former journalist and later became an officer in the Russian government. Russian government officials rarely talk to the media, but Yumashev agreed to meet me.

Yumashev was one of Boris Yeltsin's most trusted allies. He was married to Yeltsin's daughter Tatyana.

As the Chief of Staff of Yeltsin in 1997, it was he who first offered Putin to work in the Kremlin.

Yumashev explains, "The tenure of the administrative chief, Anatoli Chuvae, was about to end. He told me that he thought there was a person who could become his deputy and take over well."

"He was the one who introduced me to Vladimir Putin and then we started working together. I saw that Putin is very good in his work. He is better at giving ideas and analyzing them."

But at that time, the idea had not come from anywhere in my mind that this person could go on to become the President of the country.

Yumashev explains, "Yeltsin had many names on his mind, such as Boris Nemtsov, Sergei Stepashin and Nkolai Aksenenko. I have had many conversations with him about who could be a potential candidate for the post. At one point it came. When we even considered Putin's name. "

"Yeltsin asked me what I thought about Putin? I told him that he is a good candidate and I think you should consider his name as well. The way he lowered himself would be obvious. Is that they will be ready for the most difficult task. "

But was there any effect on Putin's involvement with the KGB?


Yumashev explains, "Like Putin, many agents associated with the KGB felt a diminishing importance of the agency and had left the organization for this reason. Their former association with the KGB left no meaning. Putin himself As a supporter of a free-thinking republic that favored reforms in the markets. "

Intelligence padding
In August 1999, Boris Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin as Prime Minister. This was a clear indication that President Yeltsin was preparing Putin to lead the Kremlin.

Yeltsin was just a year away from leaving his post. But in December 1999, he suddenly announced his resignation.

"Just three days before the new year, Yeltsin called Putin to his house. He asked me and the new Chief of Staff Alexander Voloshin to be present as well. He said he would resign on December 31. He told Putin That he will be with them till July. "

"Only a few people knew about it - I, Voloshin, Putin and Yeltsin's daughter Tatyana. Yeltsin didn't even tell his wife about it."

The responsibility of writing Yeltsin's resignation (farewell speech) was entrusted to Yumashev.

Yumashev says, "It was a very difficult speech for me. It was something that would soon be recorded forever in the pages of history. But it was important to give a message and for that reason it was written, 'Forgive me'."

"The Russians had to suffer a lot in the nineties and Yeltsin had to speak about it."

On New Year's Eve in 1999, Boris Yeltsin recorded his farewell message in the Kremlin.

"It was like a shock to the people of the country. I was probably the only one who was calm because I was the one who wrote the speech. People started crying. It was a very emotional moment."

"It was necessary that the news should not be leaked in any way. We were all in the same room for four hours before the official announcement. No one was allowed to go anywhere. I myself reached the television studio with a videotape. Speech was broadcast.

After this, Vladimir Putin became acting President and then three months later he won the election.

Was Yumashev a member of the family?


Valentin Yumashev is said to have been one of Boris Yeltsin's closest allies. They are often called this "family member". Yumashev was reportedly one of the people who used to influence Yeltsin in the late 1990s.

Yumashev dismisses these things outright and calls it just fiction.

However, there is no doubt that in the nineties, when President Yeltsin's health started deteriorating and he started joining his close aides, friends and business people.

Political analyst Valarie Solovei explains, "Putin is different from others. He has little influence on his colleagues."

He says, "Putin has more contact with two types of people, the first being his childhood friends such as the Rotenberg brothers and the other who have worked for the KGB."

But they do not overestimate someone's loyalty. Yeltsin relied heavily on his family members. Putin does not trust anyone.

Russians trust Putin

Putin has remained in power as President or Prime Minister for the last 20 years. During this time, he has developed a system that revolves around him. During his reign, Russia is becoming an autocratic regime, in which the democratic rights and freedoms of the people have diminished.

Solowei admits, "Yeltsin believed he had a mission and Putin believed it as well. Yeltsin saw himself as Moses and wanted to get his country out of communist slavery."

"That's where Putin's mission is to return to the past. He wants to avenge the greatest catastrophe (disintegration of the Soviet Union) of the 20th century. He and his former former KGB officials believe that the Western intelligence system has led to the Soviet Union's Disintegration occurred.

Yumashev says that the free thought Putin used to recognize is not there today.


So does Putin's former boss regret giving Putin a chance to work with him?


Yumashev says, "Absolutely not. I have no regrets. It is clear that the people of Russia still trust Putin."

However, he feels that the resignation of Boris Yeltsin is a lesson for all Russian presidents.

He says that Yeltsin's resignation states that "It is very important that you leave the throne fascinated and give way to the younger generation. At least for Yeltsin it was very important."