- Historical event:
- 29 May 1990
- At that time the Soviet Union still existed, and Russia was organized as the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. It was the largest republic of the USSR.
On this day in 1990, Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR).
At that time the USSR still existed, and the RSFSR was its largest republic. Therefore, Yeltsin became a competitor of Mikhail Gorbachev – the president of the USSR. Of course, the RSFSR and the USSR had their headquarters in Moscow.
At the time, Boris Yeltsin was 59 years old. It is interesting to note that he was a month older than Gorbachev (they were born in 1931, Yeltsin on 1 February, and Gorbachev on 2 March).
In July 1990, a month and a half after the elections, Boris Yeltsin resigned from the Soviet Communist Party.
He delivered his dramatic speech at the 28th Congress of the CPSU in Moscow (which was the last congress of that party in history of the USSR).