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Russia: Yeltsin Will Decide When To Return To Kremlin

Moscow, 6 December 1996 (RFE/RL) - The surgeon who operated on President Boris Yeltsin says the Russian leader is doing fine and "will himself decide" when to return to the Kremlin.

Renat Akchurin, who performed Yeltsin's multiple bypass operation last month, told Itar-Tass today that Yeltsin could no longer be described as a patient, since all surgical matters, as he put it, had been resolved.

Akchurin said he met Yeltsin yesterday at the Gorki-9 residence on the edge of Moscow, where Yeltsin moved two days ago from the Barvikha sanatorium.

Earlier this week, presidential spokesman Sergei Yastrzhembsky said Yeltsin was expected to return to his Kremlin office to resume normal work before the end of this year.

Yegor Stroyev, speaker of the Federation Council said today Yeltsin plans to return to work December 25.

Interfax says Stroyev made the remarks after meeting for 50 minutes with Yeltsin at the Gorki-9 residence outside Moscow.

December 25, a normal working day in Russia, is the fifth anniversary of Yeltsin's arrival at the Kremlin.