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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Naina Yeltsin Undergoes Kidney Surgery

Naina Yeltsin, the wife of the Russian president, underwent kidney surgery over the weekend and is recovering in a Moscow hospital, a presidential spokesman said Monday.

Igor Ignatyev, chief of the presidential press service, said the surgery Saturday at the Central Clinical Hospital, also known as the Kremlin Hospital, went smoothly.

Neither the Kremlin nor the Yeltsin family disclosed in advance that the 63-year-old first lady needed an operation; the reason for the surgery and the nature of the operation were not given.

Ignatyev said the surgery on her left kidney had been planned for some time.

Itar-Tass quoted the head of the hospital, Sergei Mironov, as saying she was in "constant'' contact with President Boris Yeltsin and her two grown daughters.