President Robert Mugabe PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe and Russia’s first post-soviet leader, Boris Yeltsin, could not have been cut from more different cloth. Teetotal Mugabe has often been described as a calculating ascetic. The late Yeltsin was an effusive, even barmy vodka lover. Mugabe, in power since 1980, still covets another term in power, which he will seek next year, at 94. Yeltsin, on the other hand, resigned after limping towards the end of his eight years as Russia’s transformative leader, picking Vladimir Putin as his successor. Born seven years after Mugabe, Yeltsin ended his political career as the last century drew to close and now seems to be a politician from a different epoch from Mugabe’s.…