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Russia amnesties former defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov: Ifax
March 6, 2014 / 9:25 AM / 4 years ago

Russia amnesties former defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov: Ifax

Former Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov (L) arrives by a back entrance for questioning by investigators in Moscow December 3, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Anton Tarasov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian investigators have amnestied former defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov, Interfax news agency reported on Thursday, citing a source with knowledge of the situation.

Serdyukov, who was sacked as defense minister in November 2012, was being investigated on charges of negligence for using government funds to build a road to a resort.

He had applied for amnesty under an amnesty law passed to mark the 20th anniversary of Russia’s constitution, and the request was granted almost immediately, the source told Inferfax.

Reporting by Jason Bush, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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