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Primakov Laid Up With Back Pain

April 8, 1999

MOSCOW (AP) _ Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov was laid up with acute back pain today, but refused doctors’ advice to check into a hospital, officials said.

Primakov, 69, was diagnosed Wednesday with nerve inflammation of the lower spine. He was taking anti-inflammatory medicine and undergoing physical therapy, his spokeswoman, Tatyana Aristarkhova, said.

According to the ITAR-Tass news agency, Primakov’s doctors told him that the back pain should be treated at a hospital, but he refused to go.

The prime minister was not planning to come to work for the rest of the week, Aristarkhova said.

Because of the back pain, Primakov called off a trip to Ukraine on Wednesday. He had planned to travel to Kiev for two days of talks with top government officials about territorial and economic issues.

Primakov underwent successful gall bladder surgery in 1997 when he was foreign minister.

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