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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Court: Rutskoi Firing Legal

A military court Friday ruled that former Vice President Alexander Rutskoi was legally fired from the armed forces last fall while leading the armed opposition to President Boris Yeltsin.


Rutskoi had sued for reinstatement. But the Military Collegium of the Russian Supreme Court said his dismissal for actions unbefitting an officer was legal, Interfax reported.


Rutskoi, an Afghan war hero, held the rank of major general at the time of his dismissal.


He declared himself president during the Soviet-era parliament's final, bloody confrontation with President Boris Yeltsin last October. Yeltsin fired him as vice president and had the defense minister strip Rutskoi of his military rank.


Rutskoi was arrested and imprisoned at the end of the battle. He was freed February in an amnesty and is trying to make a political comeback.


Interfax said Rutskoi told reporters he plans to sue Yeltsin for his dismissal and Defense Minister Pavel Grachev for "moral damage."