Putin brings birthday greetings to recovering Yeltsin

Today, Russia’s incumbent President Vladimir Putin visited Boris Yeltsin, the first president of Russia, who is currently recovering from acute viral infection at the Central Clinical Hospital. Mr. Putin’s predecessor is turning 70 today, so his successor wished him many happy returns, presidential press-secretary Alexei Gromov is quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. Vladimir Putin and Boris Yeltsin talked for about 40 minutes. Mr. Yeltsin was hospitalized several days ago.