Yeltsin Departs From Rail Tour

One hundred miles into a twoweek rail tour through the Russian heartland intended to revive his political fortunes, President Boris Yeltsin abruptly changed plans and flew to a resort town in southern Russia.

Yeltsin began the trip Monday in Moscow, scheduled to spend two weeks on a “working vacation” that would take him through Russian provinces and end in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

But after spending the afternoon in Ryazan, the first stop 110 miles southeast of Moscow, Yeltsin boarded a plane for the southern town of Mineralnye Vody and drove to the nearby resort of Kislovodsk.

There was no explanation for the changed schedule.

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