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Gorbachev recovering from spinal surgery

Gorbachev recovering from spinal surgery
Former Russian president Mikhail Gorbachev attends the "Gorby 80- Gala Concert" at Royal Albert Hall in London on March 30, 2011. UPI/Rune Hellestad | License Photo

MUNICH, Germany, April 14 (UPI) -- Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is recovering from spinal surgery in Munich, the Gorbachev Foundation said.

Gorbachev's surgery at Schon Klinik Munchen Harlaching in Munich lasted about two hours and he is expected to be released from the hospital within a few days, RIA Novosti reported Thursday.

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"Professor Meier [Gorbachev's doctor] said the operation, which lasted about two hours, was a success and the patient is getting better," the foundation said.

Gorbachev turned 80 last month.

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