Putin sacks defense minister
Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has been dismissed without explanation. The new Minister, Sergei Shoigu, is the governor of the Moscow region and the former Minister of Emergency Situations. Sources in Moscow report the ministry is accused of a large-scale corrupt transaction worth $95 million for the sale of ministerial assets, including land, at lower than market prices. Serdyukov himself is not named as complicit in the deal. He may have been fired because the deal was conducted in his watch.