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Chernomyrdin Injured in Arctic

March 16, 2001

MOSCOW (AP) _ Former Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin reportedly was injured Friday after losing control of his snowmobile during an Arctic expedition.

Chernomyrdin, 62, was taken to a hospital in the Murmansk region, local administration officials said, according to Russian news reports. The reports did not specify the nature of his injuries, which the ITAR-Tass news agency described as serious but not life-threatening.

The former prime minister was taking part in the first leg of a round-the-world expedition along the Arctic circle, ITAR-Tass said. It did not specify his itinerary.

Chernomyrdin, who served as prime minister under ex-President Boris Yeltsin, is now a lawmaker in the lower house of Russian parliament.

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