Russia amnesties former defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov: Ifax

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 06, 2014 4:23 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian investigators have amnestied former defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov, Interfax news agency reported on Thursday, citing a source with knowledge of the situation.

Serdyukov, who was sacked as defense minister in November 2012, was being investigated on charges of negligence for using government funds to build a road to a resort.

He had applied for amnesty under an amnesty law passed to mark the 20th anniversary of Russia's constitution, and the request was granted almost immediately, the source told Inferfax.

(Reporting by Jason Bush, editing by Elizabeth Piper)