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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Minsk Officials Resign

MINSK ) -- The Belarussian defense minister asked to be relieved of his duties temporarily and a top presidential aide offered his resignation Tuesday following a lawmaker's charges of high-level corruption.

Leonid Sinitsyn, chief of President Alexander Lukashenko's staff, announced his resignation during a tumultuous session of parliament in which lawmaker Sergei Antonchik accused him and other officials of corruption. Sinitsyn urged parliament to investigate the allegations and clear his name.

Defense Minister Anatoly Kostenko then asked Lukashenko to relieve him of his duties while lawmakers look into the charges contained in Antonchik's report. Kostenko was accused of illegally obtaining a five-room apartment for his family of three.