Yeltsin’s son-in-law says Putin wanted to leave the Kremlin
According to Yeltsin’s son-in-law, Putin thought about leaving the Kremlin after being appointed the deputy head of the Russian Presidential Administration.
Vladimir Putin had wanted to leave the Kremlin two years before becoming the head of state. The son-in-law of the first president of Russia Boris Yeltsin, Valentin Yumashev, who had been heading the President’s administration in 1997-1998, told about this.
According to Yeltsin’s son-in-law, Putin thought about leaving after being appointed the deputy head of the presidential administration of Russia. “After a year of this work, he came to the control department and said that he wanted to leave, he wanted some freedom,” Yumashev said in an interview with journalist Vladimir Pozner at the Yeltsin Center in Yekaterinburg.
According to Yumashev, Putin’s desire was due to the fact that he worked seven days a week and could not find time for his family. As Yeltsin’s son-in-law clarifies, the current President had such a schedule in the KGB, and during his work with Anatoly Sobchak, and in the Kremlin.
Yumashev made a suggestion that Putin might leave the presidency. He said that initially, Putin was not going to remain the head of state for the period of 20 years, but "various situations influenced his decisions." Yeltsin’s son-in-law also said that the country's ex-prime minister Yevgeny Primakov made two attempts to fire Putin.