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Mrs. Gorbachev Slightly Improved

August 6, 1999

MOSCOW (AP) _ Raisa Gorbachev, the wife of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, was in slightly improved condition Friday at the German hospital where she is being treated for leukemia, her husband said.

For the past two days, the 67-year-old Mrs. Gorbachev has been feeling somewhat better, Gorbachev told Russian television station ORT, according to the Interfax news agency.

But, he said, Mrs. Gorbachev was not well enough to see her two granddaughters, who were among the family members gathered at the Muenster, Germany, hospital.

Mrs. Gorbachev has been at the hospital since July 25 and is undergoing chemotherapy. Gorbachev, who has been spending long days with his wife, described himself as ``nearly worn out.″

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