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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin Visits Wife

MOSCOW () -- The reclusive President Boris Yeltsin on Friday visited his wife, who is recuperating in a Moscow hospital after a kidney operation.

According to spokesman Sergei Yastrzhembsky, the president said Naina Yeltsin was "looking good,'' active and clearly getting better.

The president abruptly went on what is expected to be an extended vacation Monday, three days after his wife's surgery at the Central Clinical Hospital, also known as the Kremlin hospital.

The 63-year-old first lady underwent unspecified kidney surgery a week ago. Aides waited several days to reveal she had been hospitalized and have not disclosed the nature of her illness or of her operation.