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Avigdor Lieberman is a Soviet-born Israeli politician. He was a member of the Knesset, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of Israel until 18 December 2012, when his resignation, caused by an investigation in which he was charged with fraud and breach of trust, took effect. He is the founder and leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, whose electoral base are the immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Following Lieberman's resignation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stepped in and as of late December 2012 is serving as acting Foreign Minister. Lieberman first entered the Knesset in 1999, and has since served in numerous roles in the government, including as Minister of National Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Strategic Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister, and Foreign Affairs Minister. (via Freebase)