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Russian investigators finish probe into ex-defense minister.

MOSKOVA (CyHAN)- Investigators have wrapped up a criminal probe into Russia's ex-Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, a Russian newspaper reported Monday.

Despite speculation that Serdyukov would be accused of a more serious crime following the investigation, business daily Kommersant reported that he remains charged with negligence for allegedly costing the state 56 million rubles ($1.7 million) by ordering soldiers to build a private road to a Caspian Sea holiday resort owned by his brother-in-law.

Negligence carries a maximum punishment of three months in prison under Russian law.

The ex-defense head, who was fired by President Vladimir Putin last November amid allegations of high-level corruption, may get a reprieve under a proposed amnesty for convicts and defendants that is currently under consideration by the state parliament.

Putin submitted the bill to grant amnesty to tens of thousands of convicted criminals as a gesture of goodwill to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Constitution.

According to various estimates, between 30,000 and 100,000 people could receive amnesty as a result of the proposal, which is expected to pass by the end of the year. (Cihan/Ria Novosti)

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