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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

President Has Brief Checkup




President Boris Yeltsin briefly visited a Moscow hospital Wednesday afternoon to undergo a medical examination in connection with his previous spine injury, his spokesman said.


The planned examination at the Burdenko Institute's clinic, located in downtown Moscow, lasted for about an hour, the spokesman, Dmitry Yakushkin, said.


The Burdenko clinic has "the most sophisticated medical equipment, which other medical institutions, including the Central Clinical Hospital, do not possess," Yakushkin said. Yeltsin planned to work as usual Thursday, he added.


The 68-year-old president hurt his spine in April 1990 during a hard plane landing in Spain. On April 30, 1990, he underwent surgery in Barcelona for a slipped disk in his back.


In 1991, Barcelona doctors treated him in Moscow for nerve inflammation in his lower spine and in 1994, he visited a Spanish clinic for another checkup and was pronounced in good health.


Last month, Yeltsin twice visited the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow, also known as the Kremlin hospital. One brief visit was described as devoted to a scheduled examination and the reason for another was not given.


Yeltsin has had a number of health problems in recent years, including multiple heart bypass surgery in 1996 and bouts of pneumonia and respiratory infections since then. He has also suffered from a recurring ulcer in the past year.


The president insists he is in good shape and will remain Russia's leader until his term ends in mid-2000. He has been active and appeared relatively fit in recent weeks. After leaving the clinic Wednesday, Yeltsin reportedly headed to his Gorki-9 residence just west of Moscow.