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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Premier Will Use Holiday To Rest Up

Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov will spend the coming May Day holiday weekend at his country residence outside Moscow, continuing medical treatment for a back problem, his spokeswoman said Friday.

On Tuesday "he has a working meeting, but he will spend all the time before then in the countryside to cure his backache," Tatyana Aristarkhova said, adding that it did not mean the prime minister would not be working while out of Moscow.

Monday and Tuesday are public and market holidays in Russia following the May 1 Labor Day.

Primakov, who has had no known history of health problems until recently, was plagued by acute backaches earlier this month. He had to scrap a number of meetings and on one occasion could not walk to a conference room, having to receive a foreign dignitary in his office.

Shortly after the prime minister first acknowledged having suffered from a back ailment in March, he made an effort to rest at the Black Sea resort of Sochi later that month. The vacation sparked a flurry of speculation that President Boris Yeltsin would reshuffle the government during Primakov's absence.

In the end, Primakov abruptly cut his vacation short when NATO ordered its first airstrikes on Yugoslavia.