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Yeltsin on Annual Summer Vacation

July 18, 1998

MOSCOW (AP) _ President Boris Yeltsin begins his annual summer vacation Saturday at a lakeside resort in the northern Russian region of Karelia, the Kremlin announced.

The 67-year-old president, whose health is a constant concern, appeared tired Friday at the burial ceremony for Russia’s last czar, Nicholas II. Although he delivered a strong and stirring speech, he was the only person in the cathedral who sat during portions of the service.

Yeltsin intends to fly to the northern city of Petrozavodsk on Saturday and travel by car from there to a resort in Suiskaya Chupa, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.

The report did not say how long he intended to be gone. Last summer, he spent a month on vacation in Karelia and along the Volga River.

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