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Oleg Lobov Hospitalized

Moscow, March 1 (RFE/RL) - The secretary of the influential Russian Security Council has been hospitalized, but officials say it is not serious.

Oleg Lobov, who also serves as President Boris Yeltsin's special envoy to Chechnya, had fallen ill from what a Security Council spokesman said was overstress.

Spokesman Vladimir Misyuchenko said Lobov would return to his duties as the head of the security council in a few days, but he added that Lobov will remain under medical observation.

The spokesman said Lobov's illness will not have any bearing on the council's work. He said scheduled March meetings will go forward as planned.

Yesterday, Russian television (ORT) reported Security Council meetings in March would be canceled because of Lobov's illness.