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Topic - Anatoly Serdyukov
Russian President Vladimir Putin fired the country's defense minister on Tuesday, two weeks after a criminal probe was opened into alleged fraud in the sell-off of military assets.
Vladimir Putin fired his powerful defense chief over a corruption scandal Tuesday, but a heady mix of sex, power struggles and military vendettas dominated talk in Russia about what was really behind the downfall of the man who has overseen the nation's most radical defense reform in decades.
President Vladimir Putin fired the country's defense minister Tuesday, two weeks after a criminal probe was opened into alleged fraud in the sell-off of military assets.
Russia's defense minister called for an immediate cease-fire in Libya on Tuesday, telling Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates that it is the best way to avoid civilian casualties.
Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said Wednesday that Russia was working to develop its own missile defense system, but didn't give any specifics.
he said that Russia now has a significantly smaller number of missiles and bombers than the treaty allows anyway.