According to sources, Yeltsin was a huge fan of the King, and would often listen to Presleys recording of Are You Lonesome Tonight? during times of stress, such as in August, 1991, when he prevented a coup by standing on top of a tank.
But while Yeltsin loved Presley, he hated staples with an equal amount of passion.
Back in the mid-90s, Harpers magazine printed a memo from a Yeltsin aide demanding that no one use staples on any papers given to their fearless leader.
The memo stated that staples ...make it very difficult for the President. In fact, this practice holds up the Presidents very decisions.
Although some folks were perplexed by Yeltsins staple phobia, an insider who picked his brain says that staples made him feel like an office boy.
Plus, Yeltsin was fond of chewing metal things while at work and felt that paper clips were less likely than staples to get stuck in his teeth.
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