FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, flanked by Moscow region Governor Sergei Shoigu, meets with leaders of the Night Hockey League, in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside 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, Presidential Press Service, file)

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FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, flanked by Moscow region Governor Sergei Shoigu, meets with leaders of the Night Hockey League, in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside 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, Presidential Press Service, file)
FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, flanked by Moscow region Governor Sergei Shoigu, meets with leaders of the Night Hockey League, in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside 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, Presidential Press Service, file)
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