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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Court in Far East Sentences Admiral

VLADIVOSTOK, Far East -- A Russian military court gave Admiral Igor Khmelnov, the former chief of the navy's general staff, a four-year suspended sentence Monday for abusing his position, military officials said.

Khmelnov, who is also the former commander of the Pacific Fleet, was accused of using his influence to obtain apartments in Moscow and Vladivostok for himself and his family.

He had faced a maximum of 10 years in jail on more serious corruption charges but was cleared of the other offenses. Military prosecutors in Vladivostok, home of the Pacific Fleet, said Khmelnov could in theory return to his post after serving two years of his suspended sentence.

A case was opened against Khmelnov in February and he was sacked by President Boris Yeltsin in April as part of a Kremlin anti-corruption drive. Khmelnov's lawyer said after the verdict that he would launch an appeal to have his client fully cleared of all criminal charges and to get the suspended sentence lifted.