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Article posted: 11/6/2012 2:32 PM

Intrigue swirls around Russia defense chief's fall

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Russia's Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, left, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, bottom right, watch the Victory Day Parade in Moscow last May 9. Putin fired the defense minister two weeks after a criminal probe was opened into alleged fraud in the sell-off of military assets.

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Vladimir Putin fired his powerful defense chief over a corruption scandal Tuesday, but a heady mix of sex, power struggles and military vendettas dominated talk in Russia about what was really behind the downfall of the man who has overseen the nation's most radical defense reform in decades.
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