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Doctors reportedly advise Andropov against working

Soviet President Yuri Andropov has been diagnosed as having a kidney disease that has responded to medical treatment, but doctors give him only 18 months to two years more to live, Newsweek magazine said Monday.

Quoting a knowledgeable Soviet medical source, the magazine said doctors did not want Mr. Andropov to return to his duties but hoped he would be able to attend the scheduled Dec. 28 meeting of the Supreme Soviet (parliament).

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Andropov, who has not been in public view for four months, was being treated in a special sanitarium for members of the Communist Party Central Committee on the outskirts of Moscow, Newsweek said.

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