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10/07/1991 Boris Yeltsin swears in as 1st elected Russian president

During the elections for the newly created post of President of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Yeltsin defeated Nikolai Ryzhkov and 4 other candidates, earning 57% of the popular vote. Upon the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the resignation of Gorbachev, Yeltsin remained in the office as president.