November 13, 2014
Just days before Boris Yeltsin shocked the world by retiring early from the Russian presidency on December 31, 1999—making then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin acting president—Putin released his Millennial Statement that outlined Russia’s immense challenges and a vision for its future. This vision
emphasized greater predictability, prosperity, and stability for Russia after the economically and socially traumatic 1990s. The document’s other core theme was the urgent need to reconsolidate the Russian state in order to lead the recovery of the Russian nation.