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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Routine Medical Checkup In Store for 'Weary' Yeltsin

President Boris Yeltsin, who disappeared from public view for weeks in late June, is having routine medical checks before he leaves on vacation, Itar-Tass said Wednesday.

It quoted Yeltsin's spokesman Sergei Yastrzhembsky as saying Yeltsin was working in his Kremlin office. Yastrzhembsky said the 65-year-old president was in "good working form."

The phrase used in the report usually refers to checks not linked to any specific illness but to blood tests, blood pressure monitoring and so on.

Yeltsin's disappearance from the public eye ahead of a decisive runoff vote July 3, in which he beat a strong communist challenger and won four more years in office, triggered speculation about his health.

Yeltsin has a history of heart problems for which he was hospitalized twice last year.

His aides say the president now has no serious health problems except for ?colossal weariness" caused by the vigorous re-election campaign.

Yeltsin's senior political aide Georgy Satarov said earlier this month that the president would need at least two months of rest to recover.

The start of Yeltsin's second term has been overshadowed by fresh fighting in Chechnya where separatist rebels have seized much of the regional capital Grozny and have held out there for more than a week. Hundreds of people have been killed and wounded in battles which are still far from over.

Yeltsin's aides have said the Kremlin leader was not planning to start his vacation before next week and that the president had not yet decided where he would go.

Earlier on Wednesday Yeltsin met Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin to finalize a new government lineup.