Defence Minister dismissed by President Putin
President Vladimir Putin has dismissed his Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov over an alleged corruption scandal. The president has made an immediate replacement and has appointed Sergei Shoigu.
Shoigu (57) has a degree in civil engineering and a Ph.D. in Economics. Currently he holds the rank of General of the Army and entered politics in 1988 in a minor capacity. In 1994 he was made Minister for Emergency Situations (also referred to as Civil Defence, State Emergency and Crisis Situations), a post he held until April of this year when he was elected as Governor of the Moscow Oblast. Sergei Shoigu is married and has two children and is known to be a close associate of President Putin.