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01/10/1997

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Yeltsin Sick? It's Deja Vu All Over Again

President Boris Yeltsin's hospitalization with pneumonia has yet again raised questions about his fitness to rule and concerns about the country's political stability, dashing hopes that such uncertainties had at last been resolved. Yeltsin's quintuple heart bypass surgery last November was supposed to neutralize ""the health issue"" once and for all, and until recently everything seemed to be going according to plan. On his return to the Kremlin on Dec. 23, the president, who has spent about half of the last 19 months sidelined by health problems, energetically declared himself ""ready for battle."" In his first two weeks at work, he chaired the temporary emergency commission on tax evasion, slapped state controls over Russia's alcohol trade, received German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and vowed to fire incompetent bureaucrats and jail dishonest ones. In the first days of 1997, Russia's stock axYet, as Kiselyov puts it, ""the eyes do not lie.

Emigres From Former Union Flood New York

NEW YORK -- Immigration from the former Soviet Union helped fuel a surge in the numbers of legal immigrants to New York City in the first five years of the decade, the city reported. The increase brought the number of newcomers to the city to the highest levels of the post-World War II era, said the 300-page study by the City Planning Department. The study also disclosed a host of other findings: Recent-vintage immigrants are more likely to be women, better skilled and from Europe than in past years. One of every 10 immigrants who entered the city between 1990 and 1994 came from Russia or one of the other republics that once comprised the Soviet Union, a jump of nearly 900 percent from the 1980s. Overall, legal immigration into New York averaged 113,000 people each year between 1990 and 1994, up from 86,000 in the 1980s and 78,000 in the 1970s. But the figure falls far short of matching those from the beginning of the century, when waves of immigrants sought a new home in the United States.

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