Bloomberg: Putin approved announcement of Sechin and Ulyukaev wiretapping in court
Two informed sources reported this.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘approved’ or even gave a ‘direct order’ to announce the wiretapping materials on the case of ex-Head of the Ministry of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev in court. This is written by Bloomberg referring to its sources.
The wiretapping of Ulyukaev's conversation with head of Rosneft Igor Sechin was announced at the third hearing upon the former Minister's case. Sechin called the judge's decision "professional cretinism" and said that in the wiretapping materials there is information that contains state secrets. "There are things that should be closed from all sides and points of view," said the head of Rosneft.
Earlier it was reported that the defense of Ulyukaev found mistakes in interpretation his conversation with Igor Sechin. The lawyers of the defendant intend to petition for adduction of an alternative version of the decryption.
Former Russian Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukaev is accused of taking a bribe of $2 million from head of Rosneft Igor Sechin. According to the investigation, the bribe was paid for the Ministry of Economic Development’s assessment, which allowed Rosneft to buy the state-owned stake in Bashneft. Ulyukaev faces up to 15 years in prison. The ex-Minister does not admit his guilt.
The special services believe that Russian Interior Ministry officials could have cooperated with the press to sell passport applications and border-crossing data of the two men suspected of poisoning the Skripals in Salisbury.