June 26th, 2015
Combined Independent UK and N. Kouprianova
Yevgeny Primakov, Russia’s Premier under Yeltsin, famous for showing first signs of anti-NATO sovereignty in the ’90s, dies at age 85.
“Primakov learned that NATO had begun its bombing campaign against Serbian forces in March 1999, as he was flying over the Atlantic on his way for an official visit to the US. He ordered to turn his plane around and fly back to Moscow in a diplomatic demarche. The incident later became one of the most memorable occurrences in his career.”
Mr. Primakov was a prominent Russian politician, serving in a number of key government positions and diplomatic roles during his long career. He served as Prime Minister between 1998 and 1999.
Born in what is now Ukraine, in 1929, Primakov studied Arabic and economics in Moscow before joining the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1959.
He initially worked as a journalist, specialising in Middle Eastern politics. In 1989 he formally entered Russian party politics.
Mr Primakov was appointed Prime Minister in September 1998 by President Boris Yeltsin. Pimakov lasted just eight months in the role, before being removed by Yeltsin who argued that he had failed to outline and deliver an adequate economic plan.
He remained an active player in Russian politics. In recent years, he has carried out a number of diplomatic missions under President Vladimir Putin.