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Russia: Yeltsin Returns To Moscow And Appoints New Ministers

Moscow, 22 August 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Russian President Boris Yeltsin, back in the Kremlin after a two-day break in northwestern Russia, today appointed six new ministers.

Russian television aired about five seconds of silent film showing Yeltsin meeting new health minister Tatyana Dmitrieva, who becomes the only woman in Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin's new cabinet.

Today was Yeltsin's first television appearance since he was inaugurated for a second term in office on August 9. Presidential spokesman Sergei Yastrzhembsky said earlier today that Yeltsin returned to Moscow late last night. Yeltsin left for a two-day trip to the Valdai lakelands of northwestern Russia on Tuesday.

His disappearance had prompted speculation that Yeltsin was seriously ill. But aides insisted he was simply tired after his reelection campaign.