MOSCOW (AP) _ President Boris Yeltsin today left the hospital where he was being treated for a stomach ulcer and went to a sanitarium outside Moscow, the Kremlin press service said.
Yeltsin left the hospital and went to the Barvikha sanitarium on the outskirts of Moscow, a Kremlin spokesman said.
``A gastroscopic examination shows that the process of healing of the ulcer is normal,″ the press service said. ``At Barvikha, Boris Yeltsin will undergo a course of rehabilitation.″
Yeltsin, who turns 68 on Monday, was hospitalized Jan. 17 with a bleeding ulcer _ the latest in a long string of illnesses.
Doctors had decided earlier that he did not need surgery because treatment of the ulcer seemed to be working.
Yeltsin has become almost an invisible player in Russian politics. He has suffered several heart attacks and underwent quintuple bypass surgery shortly after winning re-election in 1996.
His health problems have reduced him to largely a part-time president. Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov has been running most of Russia’s day-to-day affairs, including grappling with the country’s economic crisis.