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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin Released From Hospital

Boris Yeltsin has been discharged from the hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia, Interfax said Sunday.

The former Russian president was hospitalized more than a month ago, on the eve of his 70th birthday, with what aides said was the flu. Doctors later said the illness was complicated by pneumonia, but that he had almost recovered and would be home after the weekend.

Yeltsin was discharged from the Central Clinical Hospital Sunday, Interfax reported, citing well-informed sources.

The report could not be immediately confirmed.

Vladimir Shevchenko, Yeltsin's protocol chief was unavailable for comment and a hospital spokeswoman said she had no information about Yeltsin's release.

Yeltsin suffered repeated illnesses and was away from the Kremlin for weeks at a time during his second term in office. He underwent quintuple bypass surgery in 1996, and later fell ill with pneumonia, bronchitis and ulcers among other ailments.

Yeltsin has lived in seclusion in a country residence west of Moscow since he abruptly resigned Dec. 31, 1999, six months before the end of his term. He turned power over to then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, clearing the way for Putin to win the presidency in an early election last March.