Photo of the Day: Nov. 9, 2012 (Meet Russia’s New Defense Minister)

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with newly appointed Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during their meeting in Putin's Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, on November 6, 2012. (ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

From AFP:

Putin fired defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov Nov. 6 over a corruption scandal, the most dramatic change to the government since he returned to the Kremlin for a third term. Putin replaced Serdyukov, who had been implementing an unpopular but Kremlin-backed military reform, with Moscow region governor and long-standing ally Sergei Shoigu…

From AFP’s coverage:

Analysts said that the sacking of a top official who had enjoyed Putin’s unconditional support was aimed at instilling fear in the elites as the Russian strongman struggles with the worst political crisis of his almost 13-year rule.

Putin said Serdyukov, one of three people in Russia with access to nuclear launch codes, had been relieved of his duties so that a thorough investigation can proceed into a suspected $100 million property scam at a defense ministry holding company.

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Zach is the State Department correspondent, cyberwarfare, research & development and business reporter for Defense News.
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