Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center, named after the first Russian President was opened in Ekaterinburg. 88 square meters of the museum include library, archive, educational and children's centers, exhibition halls. Professional community believes that the center will be the most technologically advanced museum in the world.
According to the governor of the Sverdlovsk region Evgeny Kuyvashev, the Presidential Center will be a place of attraction for both Russians and foreigners, in particular for the guests of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
"We opened a unique center in Ekaterinburg, dedicated to the life and work of the first President of Russia Boris Yeltsin,” Kuyvashev told welcome2018.com. “The Center is multifunctional. It primarily focuses on education. It will be a significant element for all the generations of Russians, because it is very important to know the history, to pay tribute to the people who took responsibility for the whole country in a difficult time. I am confident that the center will become one of the places of interest of Ekaterinburg and the Sverdlovsk region, the pride of the Urals, it will be included in the tourist routes. Guests of the World Cup in 2018 will also be able to visit this unique center. There is a rich museum with Yeltsin’s personal belongings and Kremlin exhibit items, which have already gained historical value. The center will have a library, a collection of archival documents and a platform for public events, conferences and meetings," he added.
The main goal of the center is to preserve, study and understand the historical heritage of Boris Yeltsin in the context of political and social events of the 90’s, to study and develop the institute of presidency in Russia.
Work on creating the center started in 2011.
The museum and archive of the center have more than 30,000 items. There are 3,600 artifacts among them, more than 130,000 photos. More than 130 interviews were shot specifically for the museum, 163 media programs.
Among the artifacts of the complex is a handwritten letter written by Boris Yeltsin to Mikhail Gorbachev that criticized the party bureaucracy, the tricolored flag raised over the Kremlin on December 25, 1991, "nuclear briefcase" transferred by Yeltsin to Vladimir Putin on December 31, 1999. However, the most amazing museum item is a private office of the first president of Russia. All the furniture - from the desk to the banner – has been moved to the center from fourteenth building of the Kremlin.
Yeltsin is a native of Sverdlovsk region. Here he began his political career. Even as the first secretary of the regional committee of the Communist Party, he has done a lot for the region: he began construction of the subway, built a challenging road to the north of the region, laid the foundations of the famous volleyball team "Uralochka", invented youth housing complexes, Sverdlovsk rock club.
Ural Federal University is named after Boris Yeltsin. First President Volleyball Cup annually gather the best teams in the world in the capital of the Middle Urals. There is a street and a monument in Ekaterinburg dedicated to Yeltsin. The memory of Boris Yeltsin was eternalized in his native village of Butka, Talitsky district.