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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has sacked a general who was working for the Interior Ministry after he reportedly pulled out a gun and shot it outside a Moscow store while drunk, says AFP. No one was injured.

General Yevgeny Novikov "has been released from his functions as deputy chief of the interior ministry's department in charge of maintaining public order," the Kremlin's statement said.

In February, a drunken Novikov took out his pistol and fired several shots in front of a Moscow store where he had stopped his car to ask for directions, the Russian media reported.

The store's security guards, whom he spoke to, were able to disarm Novikov but not hold him. They had to contact the police who arrested Novikov that same day, the media reports said.

He's probably kicking himself for having left his GPS device at home that day.

-- Central Newsroom

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