Charges filed against for­mer de­fense chief

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MOSCOW | Crim­i­nal charges were filed Thurs­day against the for­mer Rus­sian de­fense min­is­ter, who was ac­cused of us­ing ser­vice­men and gov­ern­ment funds to build a road to a va­ca­tion home and do land­scap­ing work on the prop­erty.

Ana­toly Serdyukov lost his job a year ago over a cor­rup­tion scan­dal. Some of his close as­so­ci­ates have faced crim­i­nal charges, but the Krem­lin has faced re­peated ques­tions about why the ex-min­is­ter him­self re­mained im­mune from prose­cu­tion.

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