I'm trying to remember the title of a book I was reading for a short time while working an unpleasant job last year haha.

I thought Tom Clancy was the author, but I looked up his novels & none of the titles looked familiar. So it took place in 1999 I'm fairly certain, Boris Yeltsin downed pills with vodka & died early into the novel. Yeltsin's successor (not Putin in the book) went to the White House to seek economic aid for Russia (budgets & Congress were mentioned)—at the same time there was some kind of secret operation going on with the CIA against Russia with aiding Russian operatives I think, and Yeltsin's successor had a counter-op against the U.S. in the background too.

Sorry if I'm a bit sketchy on the details, I'm really trying to remember because I actually liked it. Any help appreciated, thank you.

closed as off-topic by Niffler, Moriarty, SteveED, Blackwood, Möoz Jan 18 at 3:58

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    I've flagged the question as off-topic because it does not appear to be about science fiction or fantasy (or, for that matter, anything within the broader scope of speculative fiction). If, in fact, there are science fiction or fantasy elements in the story at all, it would behove you to edit the question and make it clear how the question is relevant to this site. – cryptarch Jan 18 at 1:42
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    Would Boris Yeltsin dying in 1999 qualify it as alternate history? – Vanguard3000 Jan 18 at 2:11
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not really about scifi or fantasy – Niffler Jan 18 at 2:31
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but Boris Yeltsin did not die in 1999, thus making this pretty clearly an alternate history question. And alternate history, according to this ancient post is on topic. – Laurel Jan 18 at 7:06

This looks like Politika (Tom Clancy's Power Plays, Book 1). On the first page, Boris Yeltsin is popping aspirins with Vodka and wondering if that might kill him.

It is 1999. The sudden death of Russia's president has thrown the Russian Federation into chaos. Devastating crop failures have left millions in the grip of famine, and an uprising seems inevitable.

One of Russia's provisional leaders asks the American president for help. But the whole world is watching when a deadly terrorist attack stuns the United States and evidence points to the Russian government.

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