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Defense chief steps down

September 19, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Russia's defense minister has resigned, the country's new prime minister said, announcing the departure of his own son-in-law in the beginning of what is expected to be a Cabinet-wide shake up.

Premier Viktor Zubkov, a Cabinet officer who vaulted from obscurity last week to become President Vladimir V. Putin's choice as prime minister, said he and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov agreed that their family ties were problematic. Serdyukov is married to Zubkov's daughter.

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