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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin Might Leave Hospital This Week

Former President Boris Yeltsin, confined to hospital since the end of January, may be able to go home this week, his spokesman said Tuesday.

Yeltsin's eight-year rule was overshadowed by illness and he had a heart bypass in 1996. He has had ailments since resigning at the end of 1999 and was taken to an elite hospital in January this year with a temperature and suspected viral infection.

Itar-Tass quoted Vladimir Shevchenko, the head of Yeltsin's protocol office and his main spokesman, as saying the ex-president's health had "considerably improved".

He said it was possible Yeltsin would be allowed to return in the middle or at the end of this week to the plush government dacha where he has lived since stepping down.

Yeltsin's doctor, Sergei Mironov, said last week the former president had been suffering from influenza when he was taken to hospital and the recovery had been complicated because it had turned into pneumonia.

But the doctor also said Yeltsin had got over the illness and was ready to return home soon.