Chubais called Ulyukaev’s detention "an absolute shock"
The Head of Rosnano Anatoly Chubais called "an absolute shock" the detention of the Head of Economic Development Ministry Alexey Ulyukaev. Earlier, Alexey Kudrin, who like Chubais worked with Ulyukaev in the past, said that he had "too many questions" to Ulyukaev's case.
"For us, knowing Alexey Ulyukaev for more than 30 years, the incident is an absolute shock. But when removing emotions and even natural human sympathy for someone in need and thinking about the essence, not about politics, it is worth remembering one golden rule - listen to both sides. One said: Ulyukaev threatened Rosneft and extorted a bribe. (Apparently, something I do not longer understand in this world). But we do not hear words of the other side!"- Chubais wrote in his Facebook.
The Russian Investigative Committee (ICR) reported on the Ulyukaev's detention on the night of Tuesday, November 15. He is suspected of extorting a bribe in the amount of $ 2 million for the positive Ministry of Economic Development's conclusion for Rosneft on its participation in the privatization of Bashneft. According to the ICR, Ulyukaev was caught red-handed. At the same time, the sources of Novaya gazeta argued that Ulyukaev did not personally receive the money, which is recognised as a bribe, it was allegedly placed in a deposit box.
Earlier, the former Finance Minister Alexey Kudrin, whose Deputy was Ulyukaev when Kudrin was the Finance Minister, said that he had "too many questions" to this criminal case. About it he wrote on Twitter.
On Tuesday afternoon Ulyukaev was questioned in the ICR. The investigation nailed the Minister on charges of bribe-taking and extortion on an especially large scale (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code). According to investigators, Ulyukaev demanded bribe from the representative of Rosneft for "a positive opinion and evaluation" of the acquisition of Bashneft's state-owned shares". "The accused threated them with stonewalling to the activities of the company," – the ICR stated in the report.
RBC's source familiar with the investigation said earlier that Ulyukaev has been on the hook of law enforcement agencies at least a year and the operational support was carried out by FSB officers.