FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 file photo the then Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu speaks at a meeting in Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired the country's defense minister two weeks after a criminal probe was opened into alleged fraud in the sell-off of military assets. Putin made the announcement of Anatoly Serdyukov's dismissal on Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012 in a meeting with Moscow regional governor Sergei Shoigu, whom he appointed as the new minister. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Government Press Service, file)

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FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 file photo the then Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu speaks at a meeting in Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired the country's defense minister two weeks after a criminal probe was opened into alleged fraud in the sell-off of military assets. Putin made the announcement of Anatoly Serdyukov's dismissal on Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012 in a meeting with Moscow regional governor Sergei Shoigu, whom he appointed as the new minister. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Government Press Service, file)
FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 file photo the then Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu speaks at a meeting in Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired the country's defense minister two weeks after a criminal probe was opened into alleged fraud in the sell-off of military assets. Putin made the announcement of Anatoly Serdyukov's dismissal on Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012 in a meeting with Moscow regional governor Sergei Shoigu, whom he appointed as the new minister. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Government Press Service, file)
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