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Kompromat Korner September 8, 2006
 
Kompromat Korner
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Is the Yeltsin family secretly breeding a presidential candidate for 2032?

The Yeltsin family has a dirty little secret that they don't want you to know about and its name is Gleb Dyachenko. Like every other kid in Russia, on September 1st, Gleb started school. But his mommy wasn't the one holding his hand as he shuffled for his first day of 3rd grade. It wasn't his nanny either. It was his personal driver. Not much is known about the mystery Yeltsin child. In fact, most people didn't even know such a kid even existed.

Gleb was born in 1995 right in the middle of Boris Yeltsin's presidential service. Gleb's future looked very bright. He'd be born into the highest ranks of Russia's elite. He'd be known as the grandson of the first president of the Russian Federation. But it didn't turn out all that well for him. The name is really fitting. With a name like that, the kid had a four out of five chance of having a brain defect. Gleb, Yeltsin's grandson, was born autistic. His mom didn't think that this was good news. She would know. After all, she was serving as the presidential media advisor to her father.

The last time the kid was spotted was around 2000, right after Yeltsin's term as president came to an end and right before Tatyana Dyachenko split up with Gleb's father.

But six years later, on September 1st, the paparazzi from the Russian tabloid Zhizn caught up with the 11-year-old boy on his first day of school and proceeded to spy on him in typical paparazzi style -- from across the street with a long telephoto lens. Here's their scoop:

Gleb is always accompanied by a nanny and a personalized driver, who has his own parking spot in the school's yard. One his first day of school, Gleb's nanny didn't allow him to line up for the ceremony marking the first day of school. Instead Gleb had to watch his classmates from a window. The Zhizn paparazzi must have been armed with a long distance listening apparatus because they heard Gleb yell "I want to go be with them outside" all the way from their hiding location in the bushes across the street. The nanny would have none of it and promptly yanked the mischievous Gleb away from the window.

Even for a Russian tabloid Zhizn is being a little toothless. They didn't even mention where Gleb's school is located and then state that Gleb was probably being kept indoors for his own safety. They're too spineless to even admit their own tendencies. You don't have to hide it. Everyone knows that in Russia, it's always been en vogue to hide the cripples and the retarded away from prying eyes. What would the neighbors think if they found out I birthed a monster? No, better keep my child locked up in his room.

Just take a look at the Yeltsin family photo says State Duma Deputy Alexander Khinshtein; Gleb is nowhere to be seen. The kid has been shuffled around high security kindergartens and schools his entire life.

In that respect Gleb got lucky. No, mommy doesn't care but at least she got enough cash that little Gleb won't be stuck in a broom closet for the next thirty years. Rumor has it that after school Gleb gets driven to his paternal grandparents' house in Rublevka. Now that's not bad at all.

Deputy Khinshtein says he never fully believed the story about Gleb's autism. He can't put his finger on it, but something didn't quite add up. So maybe it is true... if an autistic president will be anything like Dustin Hoffman in The Rainmaker, maybe it wouldn't be so bad for Russia after all. Maybe Gleb's the answer to corruption. If he were president, there'd be no way bureaucrats could fudge the numbers. He'd count the statistics.

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