Yeltsin Recuperating But Will Remain Hospitalized
Boris Yeltsin’s aides said Monday the Russian president appeared to be recovering rapidly after nearly a week in the hospital for heart problems.
“Boris Yeltsin gives the impression of a recuperating man,” senior aide Viktor Ilyushin said after an hour-long visit in the Central Clinical Hospital. “I did not expect Boris Nikolayevich to start getting better so soon.”
It was the 64-year-old Yeltsin’s first working meeting since entering the hospital last Tuesday, the Interfax news agency reported.
Ilyushin said he agreed with the doctors’ decision to keep Yeltsin in the hospital for observation this week. He said Yeltsin would hold several afternoon meetings with top officials, following medical treatment in the mornings.
Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev also said Yeltsin was feeling better.
“I am no doctor, but I can confidently say that Boris Yeltsin’s health is improving,” Kozyrev told Interfax.
Yeltsin was admitted to the hospital for what was described as acute heart pain. Aides initially said he would be hospitalized only one week, but then announced Friday that he would stay an additional week because doctors wanted to reduce his stress.
“Specialists believe that the patient must continue to undergo scheduled treatment in a hospital environment, where he has everything necessary for his work,” presidential spokesman Sergei Medvedev said in a statement to news agencies.
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