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Yeltsin Votes Outside Moscow


Moscow, July 3 (RFE/RL) -- Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin says President Boris Yeltsin voted outside Moscow in the presidential run-off today.

Chernomyrdin spoke with reporters after voting at the polling station in Moscow where Yeltsin normally votes. He said the president had voted this morning at Barvikha, near his dacha west of Moscow. Asked why Yeltsin voted out of the public eye, Chernomyrdin said, quote: "It is easier there, it is nearer there."

Kremlin spokesman Sergei Medvedev said Yeltsin is in a good mood and will be shown on Russian television shortly. He said only the president's personal cameras were present when he voted.

Medvedev said that documents allowing Yeltsin to vote away from the polling station where he is registered had been collected yesterday. But he said the decision that he should vote elsewhere had only been made this morning.

There has been recent concern about Yeltsin's health. Aides have said the president is suffering from a cold and problems with his voice. Yeltsin has not made a public appearance for a week.

Communist Party leader and presidential candidate Gennady Zyuganov said after voting in Moscow that Yeltsin's health was, in his words, "not good." Zyuganov said the West should not fear a communist victory in the run-off and he was confident he would win.
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