In Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, a monument in honor of the first president of Russia Boris Yeltsin was unveiled on Thursday, August 22. The independence of the Baltic States was recognized under Boris Yeltsin's presidency.
The Speaker of the Estonian Parliament Ene Ergma called Yeltsin "one of the most prominent public figures and politicians of the last decade of the last century."
Minister of Education of Estonia, Jaak Aaviksoo, Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar, former president of the republic, Arnold Ruutel, and Naina Yeltsin, the widow of the late president, were also present at the ceremony.
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.