The investigative Committee of the Russian Federation on suspicion in extortion of a bribe detained the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev, reported on the Agency’s website. As explained TASS the representative of the UK Svetlana Petrenko, the detention of the Minister is associated with a large bribe received by an official for the cooperation of Rosneft in the acquisition of a stake in Bashneft.
«The circumstances of the crime connected with obtaining public office of the Russian Federation Alexei Ulyukaev, on 14 November, two million dollars for the Ministry of economic development issued a positive evaluation, which allowed Rosneft to carry out the acquisition of a state block of shares of PAK Bashneft in the amount of 50 percent,» — said Petrenko.
As noted, the criminal case against the speaker was filed by results of the conducted by the Federal security service (FSB) of Russia «of complex operational activities». The Minister is currently detained. In the near future the consequence plans to bring Alexei Ulyukayev accusation and petition to remand.
Familiar with the situation the source of «Interfax» noted that the money Ulyukayev was transferred «in the course of the investigative experiment under the control of the security forces». Thus the interlocutor of the Agency stressed that the heads of the company «Rosneft» have no complaints.
A criminal case was opened under part 6 of article 290 of the criminal code of Russian Federation («bribe reception in especially large size»). Maximum sanction of this article prescribes a fine in the amount from 80-fold to 100-fold amounts of the bribe with deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or engage in certain activities for a term up to 15 years or by deprivation of liberty for a term from eight to 15 years with a fine in the amount of 70-the multiple sum of a bribe or without.
«In relation to the speaker carry out the necessary operational investigative actions», — added Petrenko.
Meanwhile, a source RIA «Novosti» in law enforcement bodies told that the speaker was in development for the FSB more than a year. According to the source, the reason for carrying out investigative experiment against him were the results of the wiretapping.
«Strong evidence for carrying out investigative experiment under the control of the security forces against Alexei Ulyukayev was obtained by wiretapping his conversations. And calls his entourage,» — said the source.
First Deputy Chairman of the CBR Sergey Shvetsov, commenting on the arrest of the speaker, said the Minister of economic development in the least could be suspected of something like that. «I have great respect for Alexei Valentinovich. His last one would suspect of something like that. What is written in the press, seems to be absurd. Now nothing is clear,» he said.
In the Kremlin’s harsh statements about the detention of the speaker do not have. «It’s night. I don’t know were reported to the President. This is a very serious accusation that requires very serious evidence. In any case, to decide anything only the court can», — said the press Secretary of the Russian President , Dmitry Peskov.
Rosneft is the world’s largest public oil company by production volumes. Preparation for privatization of «Bashneft» last summer, sharply raised the question of whether state-owned companies to be present in such transactions, and generally on the status of state-owned companies in the Russian Energy sector.
A number of senior officials of the Russian government spoke out against, saying that the sale of a controlling stake in one state-owned other state-owned companies privatization is difficult to call.
The speaker was originally called «Rosneft» priority buyer, since she was the only company that has given the consultant’s proposal a legally binding offer with a price higher than the price of an independent appraiser, who assessed the package in the amount of from 297 to 315 billion rubles.
Earlier it was reported that the heads of large state companies such as Gazprom and Rosneft will not declare their income and assets. Thus the friends of President Vladimir Putin to refuse to carry out his orders as of 8 July 2013 on the mandatory submission of declarations for public officials.
In Russia detained the Minister of economic development Ulyukayev 15.11.2016