Alexey Ulyukaev was going to use bribe money for bonuses to Ministry employees
The Ministry of Economic Development employees were to be encouraged for quick and efficient carrying out of work with documents on the acquisition of Bashneft shares.
The biggest part of the bribe from Rosneft, for which ex-Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev was detained, was supposed to be for informal bonuses to the Ministry employees. Rosbalt’s source familiar with the situation said that $ 2 million were to be given to the Ministry of Economic Development employees and the Minister for fast and high-quality work on the acquisition of Bashneft’s shares.
"They prepared all the material and technical rationale for the transaction within a week", said the publication’s informant. - "It's a lot of work that needs to be done very accurately. Normally, such work takes months. Here, the term was a week."
According to the interlocutor of Rosbalt, Ulyukaev intended to keep only the part of the $ 2 million. The source pointed out that such rewards for the Ministries from various structures is not uncommon. Companies are ready and willing pay the officials for accelerated work in the result of which they are interested.
It is to be recalled that the Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev was detained on November 14 at the Rosneft’s office in Moscow. The investigators believe that Ulyukaev extorted $ 2 million from the representatives of Rosneft for a positive evaluation, enabling the company to acquire the state-owned 50% share package of Bashneft. It is noted that the official had threatened the state oil company employees, however, what exactly was the threat, the investigation does not report. The official representative of the Investigative Committee, Svetlana Petrenko, stated that Ulyukaev was caught red-handed. The suspect denies guilt.
It was reported that the law enforcement was working on the Minister for at least a year. Sources of RBC and Novaya Gazeta in the security services also point out that spying on Ulyukaev was carried out on the initiative of the Head of Security Service of Rosneft Oleg Feoktistov, who, until August, was the first Deputy Head of the FSB's Internal Security Department.
On November 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed the Minister Ulyukaev from his post in connection with the loss of confidence.
At the moment, the ex-official is under house arrest.