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Monday, 12 March, 2001, 00:40 GMT
Yeltsin leaves hospital

The former Russian president, Boris Yeltsin, has left hospital where he's spent six weeks recuperating from pneumonia caused by an acute viral infection.

Mr Yeltsin was admitted to the elite Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow two days before his seventieth birthday.

An aid, Vladimir Shevchenko, said the former president felt well and was allowed to take walks in his garden. Mr Yeltsin's health has been suspect for a number of years.

In 1996, during his second presidential term, he underwent a quintuple heart bypass operation.

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