FILE - This Tuesday, June 26, 2012 file photo shows Moscow region governor Sergei Shoigu, right, and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov arriving at the village of Petrovskopye, Moscow region for a meeting on the transferal of some of the military assets into civilian hands. 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, Yekaterina Shtukina, Government Press service)

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FILE - This Tuesday, June 26, 2012 file photo shows Moscow region governor Sergei Shoigu, right, and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov arriving at the village of Petrovskopye, Moscow region for a meeting on the transferal of some of the military assets into civilian hands. 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, Yekaterina Shtukina, Government Press service)
FILE - This Tuesday, June 26, 2012 file photo shows Moscow region governor Sergei Shoigu, right, and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov arriving at the village of Petrovskopye, Moscow region for a meeting on the transferal of some of the military assets into civilian hands. 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, Yekaterina Shtukina, Government Press service)
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