1-kg gold coins and 250 thousand dollars found at Ulyukaev’s office

1-kg gold coins and 250 thousand dollars found at Ulyukaev’s office
Alexey Ulyukaev

During the search, several wristwatches worth from 28 to 800 thousand rubles ($484-13.900) were found.⁠

At the trial of the case of former Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev, the prosecution read out the record of the searches conducted at his place of residence and work. According to Gazeta.Ru newspaper, in the working safe of the former Head of the Ministry of Economic Development they found gold coins, a case, savings books, cash in the amount of 250 thousand dollars and several wristwatches of different cost. Gold coins weighed about 1-kg each.

Also, money in other currencies was found. There were dirhams, krones, Belarusian rubles, Australian dollars. During the searches at the Ulyukaev’s dacha in the Moscow region, there were found $300.000 in cash, as well as evidence of the purchase of VTB shares by his family members. At home, a computer and memory cards were seized.

The prosecutor also said that the arrest was imposed on property of the former Minister. In particular, Range Rover and an apartment in Moscow were arrested. Securing arrest during the investigation was imposed on 10 land plots in the Smolensk region, ranging from 1 thousand to 15 thousand square meters. Ulyukaev's bank accounts were also arrested: in Sberbank – about $1 million and 280 million rubles ($4.8m) in VTB and the same Sberbank.

Former Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev was detained in November 2016 on suspicion of corruption. Shortly thereafter, he was relieved of his post as Minister. Ulyukaev is accused of extorting a bribe of $2 million from the management of Rosneft. According to the investigation, he extorted money for the positive assessment of the transaction on the privatization of Bashneft’s shares.

Alexey Ulyukaev does not admit his guilt.

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