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Russia: Yeltsin Reported Working From Hospital Bed

Moscow, 12 January 1997 (RFE/RL) - The Kremlin says Russian President Boris Yeltsin has begun to attend to official business once again as he continues treatment for pneumonia at Moscow's Central Clinical Hospital.

The presidential press service issued a statement today saying Yeltsin's activity has increased "to a significant degree." The statement said Yeltsin is working on documents from his hospital bed.

In a bulletin yesterday, doctors said Yeltsin's condition has "stabilized" and that his temperature was normal and his blood pressure stable.

The 65-year-old Yeltsin's return to hospital came just two months after he underwent multiple heart bypass surgery. He had returned to work at the Kremlin just over two weeks ago.

One of Yeltsin's doctors, Sergei Mironov, said on Russian television yesterday that the president had pneumonia "of medium gravity" in both lungs. He said he expected Yeltsin would remain in the hospital another four or five days.