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Yeltsin 'satisfactory,' being treated for pneumonia

January 9, 1997
Web posted at: 9:00 a.m. EST (1400 GMT)

MOSCOW (CNN) -- Doctors treating Boris Yeltsin for pneumonia reported Thursday the Russian president is in "satisfactory condition," according to Dr. Renat Akchurin, the heart surgeon who performed Yeltsin's quintuple bypass operation two months ago.


Akchurin said he's been told Yeltsin's illness -- which led to hospitalization on Wednesday -- is unrelated to the heart surgery.

The Kremlin, hoping to reduce public concern over this latest setback, issued a short statement Thursday saying Yeltsin, 65, had a normal temperature and was being treated with antibiotics.

The Kremlin said Yeltsin had discussed affairs of state by telephone with Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, who has left on a scheduled vacation "near Moscow" but was keeping a close eye on developments.


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