Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev detained for bribery
Last night, 15 November, was detained by the Minister of Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev. Information about his arrest appeared at 02:33 on the website of the Investigative Committee. Minister accused of taking bribes in the amount of 2 million dollars for giving a positive evaluation allowed “Rosneft” to privatize state-owned shares “Bashneft”. It is reported that Ulyukayev extorted a bribe and threatened the management of “Rosneft”.
Ulyukayev “led” FSB, and an operation to arrest him had a night to deal could not get reversed. The minister tried to call his protector, but all attempts were in vain. Vladimir Putin knew of the impending arrest of Alexei Ulyukayev. In the development of operatives Minister was about a year, his telephone conversations were tapped, and his every action should be.
It is reported that the government had expected Ulyukayev resigned after a dispute with Finance Minister Anton Siluanov about the accuracy of macroeconomic forecasts. Siluanov insisted on an increase in inflation and the fall of the ruble, while Ulyukayev predicted lower inflation and ruble appreciation. As a result, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev took an option Siluanov.
In the modern history of the Russian Minister of detention is an unprecedented case. Main Department for investigation of particularly important cases of the RF IC intends to apply for the conclusion of the official custody. The SC noted that the address of “Rosneft” does not put forward any charges, and transaction on privatization of “Bashneft” is not the subject of the investigation. Ulyukayev now faces 15 years in prison, a fine of hundred folds of the bribe and the prohibition to engage in certain activities for up to 15 years.