YEKATERINBURG, January 23. /ITAR-TASS/. A museum built in memory of Russia's first president Boris Yeltsin will open in his home city of Yekaterinburg in September 2014, the press service of Boris Yeltsin Center told Itar-Tass on Thursday. "The construction of the museum pavilions is being finalized now, while the museum managers are continuing to collect exhibits for the museum," it said.
"People interested in the project have been bringing things dating back to Yeltsin's epoch to the museum treasury. These things will help the museum visitors better understand the nuances of Yeltin's epoch. We have been conducting negotiations with prominent people who might turn over valuable things in gift to the museum," it said.
"Boris Yeltsin is known to many in Russia as the head of state, but very few people know what he was like in his home city. The Urals was his birthplace. He grew up in Yekaterinburg, developed and became a mature person who many times had to make a difficult choice in a broad sense of the word.
Our city is a unique place. This is where many people, who changed the world, came from. We hope that the museum of the first president of Russia will help the people of Yekaterinburg and guests of the city see the city's soul,” the press service of Boris Yeltsin's Center said.
Last December an armored limousine that belonged to Boris Yeltsin was turned over in gift to the Yekaterinburg museum by the Federal Guard Service. The museum will also display a “Chaika” car Yeltsin used to ride in the city, including ceremonial occasions with VIP guests, when he headed a regional organization of the Communist Party in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg), the press service said.