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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ex-Minister Moved to Army Hospital

Former Defense Minister Pavel Grachev has been transferred to a military hospital near Moscow during the weekend for treatment after a car accident, a hospital official said.

A pedestrian was killed early Friday when the vehicle in which Grachev was traveling skidded into a car parked at the side of the road, turned over and struck her, Itar-Tass reported.

Grachev, 50, sustained head injuries and bruises in the accident near Ryazan, about 100 kilometers southeast of Moscow, Interfax reported.

The agency said doctors in Ryazan had described Grachev's condition as "very serious," but according to Itar-Tass, he did not need an ambulance for the trip to the hospital in Krasnogorsk, about 10 kilometers northwest of Moscow.

The other five passengers in the vehicle were also injured to varying degrees, Itar-Tass said.

President Boris Yeltsin named Grachev defense minister in May 1992. As a top general, Grachev had backed Yeltsin against a Soviet coup attempt in August 1991.

But Yeltsin fired Grachev in June 1996. The former defense minister is currently employed by Russia's state arms trading company.