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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lobov Undergoes Surgery

Oleg Lobov, secretary of the powerful Security Council and presidential envoy to Chechnya for the last six months, underwent bypass surgery over the weekend, Itar-Tass reported Monday.

Lobov, 58, was out of danger but in a state "coincident with his serious illness," Itar-Tass said. Lobov was admitted to Moscow's Central Clinical Hospital on Friday, and a Security Council spokesman described him as ill from overwork. There was no suggestion Friday that Lobov's condition was serious or that he would have to undergo surgery.

Colleagues in the Security Council administration Monday blamed his condition on the physical and nervous strain imposed by his work as special envoy to Chechnya, according to Itar-Tass.

Lobov narrowly escaped a car-bomb attack on his motorcade in the Chechen capital, Grozny, last September, barely a month after his appointment. The special envoy was unharmed but it was the beginning of a string of car bombs that wrecked the peace talks and raised tension in the republic.

Lobov has submitted his own plan to President Boris Yeltsin for solving the Chechen conflict, advocating continued support for the Moscow-installed government in Grozny and an increased budget for reconstruction and compensation for victims of the war.