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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shamanov Reprimanded

Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has officially reprimanded the head of the Airborne Troops, Vladimir Shamanov, for abusing his authority to send special forces to intervene in a raid on his son-in-law’s business.

Shamanov told RIA-Novosti on Wednesday that he fully accepted the reprimand and considered Serdyukov’s decision fair.

A ministry investigation found that on Aug. 18 Shamanov sent troops to the Sporttek plant, owned by Anatoly Khra­mushin, to impede the work of investigators, said Alexei Kuznetsov, a Defense Ministry spokesman.

Khramushin is on an international wanted list for attempted murder. The incident came to light after Novaya Gazeta released an audio recording of the conversation in which he ordered the action.

(MT)