Russia's Putin fires chief of general staff

MOSCOW Fri Nov 9, 2012 6:58am EST

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MOSCOW Nov 9 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired the chief of his defence staff, the Kremlin said on Friday, days after sacking his defence minister over a corruption and sleaze scandal.

Putin dismissed General Nikolai Makarov and replaced him with General Valery Gerasimov, the commander of Russia's forces in the central military district who has seen active service in Chechnya.

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