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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Working Half Days, Yeltsin Plans Vacation Near Moscow

President Boris Yeltsin is planning a holiday near Moscow with routine medical checks, his spokesman said Friday.


Yeltsin, who had two heart attacks last year, walked stiffly and spoke slowly at his inauguration for another four years in office on Aug. 9, marking his first public appearance in six weeks.


Aides say the 65-year-old president is tired after his re-election campaign.


The start of Yeltsin's second term has been overshadowed by fresh fighting in Chechnya where separatist rebels seized much of the capital Grozny. Hundreds of people have been killed or wounded in battles that have brought renewed cease-fire efforts.


Press secretary Sergei Yastrzhembsky said the Kremlin leader was still deciding when and where exactly to go for a break.


"At the moment the president is thinking of a place not far from Moscow where he could spend his regular holiday," Yastrzhembsky told a news conference.


"Every person has the right to a regular holiday and the right to think of his health if it is necessary, especially, in the case of the president, after an exhausting election campaign and the start of a new four-year term."


Aides say he is not ill, but one said he was suffering from "colossal weariness."


The president had been expected to start his holiday soon after his inauguration but stayed on in Moscow this week.


Yastrzhembsky said Yeltsin was already working on a "half-holiday" schedule which involved two to three hours of work each day.


"During the holiday it is foreseen that the president will have medical check-ups," he said, but gave no details.


Yatsrzhembsky said Yeltsin would complete a government reshuffle within a week but did not name any candidates to fill the posts still vacant in the cabinet unveiled by Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin on Thursday.