THE TATYANA TROIKA

AS HE CONVALESCES, YELTSIN WILL RULE THROUGH HIS PRIME MINISTER, HIS CHIEF OF STAFF--AND HIS DAUGHTER

Well before sunrise on Tuesday morning, a high-speed convoy of government vehicles made the short drive from Boris Yeltsin's luxurious sanatorium in the village of Barvikha to the heart center on the edge of Moscow. The patient was in a good mood, his spokesman reported later, and joked with the doctors. After two months of waiting, wild rumors and some nasty Kremlin infighting, the Russian President's heart-bypass operation--a procedure as crucial politically as it was medically--had finally become a reality. At 2 p.m., after seven hours in the operating room, during which Yeltsin's heart was stopped for more than 60 minutes,...

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