Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 127

Russian president Boris Yeltsin, appearing before cameras for the first time since he was taken to hospital with a heart attack last week, told Russian television on Friday that he was feeling "not bad." But he sounded weak and his voice was a little slurred as he spoke to Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin. "Subjectively I don’t feel bad. The recovery is going according to plan. There are no fears now," he said, apparently referring to risk to his life. To some observers, Yeltsin looked slightly disoriented and lacked his usual fire. He sat almost motionless in a chair opposite Chernomyrdin in his television appearance, which lasted less than a minute.

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