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RYBKIN SAYS HE'S WAITING FOR MEDICAL TESTS TO CONFIRM HE WAS DRUGGED... Presidential candidate Ivan Rybkin told reporters in London on 16 February that he is awaiting the results of a medical examination he believes will help determine what happened to him while he was in Kyiv (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 11 and 12 February 2004). Rybkin gave a press conference on 13 February during which he declared he was lured to Kyiv by a false report that Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov wanted to speak with him there about ways to end the war, BBC reported. While waiting for Maskhadov in an apartment in Kyiv, Rybkin said, he drank some tea and ate some sandwiches that caused him to lapse into unconsciousness and wake up days later. He said a guard told him it was part of a "special operation." "Then they showed me a revolting videotape with my participation and they told me it was a plan to compromise me and force me to be cooperative," Rybkin said. JAC