FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2006 file photo, the then Russia's Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu holds a German Shepherd puppy as he gives him to the Northwestern Regiona

 

              FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2006 file photo, the then Russia
FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2006 file photo, the then Russia's Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu holds a German Shepherd puppy as he gives him to the Northwestern Regional Center of Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry moving to new headquarters in St. Petersburg, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired the country's defense minister two weeks after a criminal probe was opened into alleged fraud in the sell-off of military assets. Putin made the announcement of Anatoly Serdyukov's dismissal on Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012 in a meeting with Moscow regional governor Sergei Shoigu, whom he appointed as the new minister. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, file)