FILE - This Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007 file photo shows Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov 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/Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service, File)

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FILE - This Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007 file photo shows Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov 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/Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service, File)
FILE - This Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007 file photo shows Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov 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/Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service, File)
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