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Russia's Putin fires governor of far-flung region arrested on corruption charges

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MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday fired the governor of a far-flung region who has been arrested on charges of corruption.

Alexander Khoroshavin, governor of the island of Sakhalin just north of Japan, was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of receiving a bribe for building a power station. Investigators said they found 1 billion rubles ($17 million) in cash at his home as well as troves of expensive jewelry.

PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Oleg Kozhemyako, left, a newly appointed acting governor of the Russian Pacific Island of Sakhalin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Putin has fired the governor of a far-flung region who has been arrested on charges of corruption. Alexander Khoroshavin, governor of Sakhalin just north of Japan, was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of receiving a bribe for building a power station. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Oleg Kozhemyako, left, a newly appointed acting governor of the Russian Pacific Island of Sakhalin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Putin has fired the governor of a far-flung region who has been arrested on charges of corruption. Alexander Khoroshavin, governor of Sakhalin just north of Japan, was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of receiving a bribe for building a power station. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

Despite the arrest on March 8, it was only on Wednesday that Putin formally dismissed him from his job, citing "the loss of confidence" in Khoroshavin.

Russia is high on the list of the world's most corrupt countries but very few high-ranking officials get indicted or face prison time.

Putin named Oleg Kozhemyako, governor of the Far East region of Amur, as the acting replacement for Khoroshavin. Alexander Kozlov, mayor of the Amur capital of Blagovshchensk, was named acting Amur governor. Both regions are to hold governor elections this year.

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