Yeltsin back at sanitarium after day at the office

President Boris Yeltsin left a sanitarium yesterday where he has been recovering from a bad cold and went back to work at the Kremlin. After sending New Year's greetings to foreign leaders, signing several decrees and issuing recommendations to parliament, Mr Yeltsin then returned to the Barvikha sanitarium west of Moscow, and is expected to stay there for another day or two while continuing to visit his office.

Doctors recommended that Mr Yeltsin stay at the sanitarium until the end of this week to regain strength. But Mr Yeltsin has been impatient to leave after being admitted on 10 December for treatment for a respiratory viral infection.

- AP, Moscow

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