I just came across this bit of reportage in, of all places, Christopher Buckley's commencement speech at Yale. It is especially funny if Yeltsin is voiced in traditional Russian accent. Please add the sad trombone sound to the ending:
John Major, former prime minister of Great Britain, found himself one day in a green room with Boris Yeltsin, then president of Russia. They were about to give a joint press conference.
Major said, “Boris, if you had to describe the state of Russia in one word, what would you say?”
Yeltsin thought for a moment and said, “Good.”
Major said, “What if you had two words to describe it?”
Yeltsin said, “Not good.”