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Russia: Doctors Say Yeltsin's Health Significantly Better

Moscow, 14 January 1997 (RFE/RL) - A Kremlin spokesman today quotes doctors who examined ailing Russian President Boris Yeltsin as saying his health is "significantly better."

Yeltsin has been in the hospital for nearly a week with pneumonia, contracted just two weeks after he returned to work from a multiple heart bypass operation.

The presidential press service said that Yeltsin's physical activity has increased and, as the statement put it, "only some occasional wheezing sound in his lungs remain." The service added that Yeltsin's temperature and blood pressure are normal.

Yeltsin began holding working meetings today -- the first with his chief of staff, Anatoly Chubais. Chubais is believed to be the president's first visitor, other than his family, since he was hospitalized January 8 with double pneumonia. The meeting between the two men was reported to have lasted 40 minutes.

Yeltsin's press service said he also spent two hours today doing paperwork in his suite at the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow.