During arrest Ulyukaev thought it was prank
When people in uniform appeared, the Minister of Economic Development began to call his friends with the question - what happens?
The special operation for a detention of the Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukaev was prepared in secrecy, so a law enforcement officers visit was a complete surprise to him. Initially, he thought that it was a prank and began to call someone on the phone to clarify the situation. As a source told Life, the only question he asked was “what's going on here?” However, the fact that the Minister was on the hook of the Investigative Committee was known by very limited number of people and Ulyukaev was not onto this.
Recall, Ulyukaev was arrested on suspicion of the bribe-taking in an especially large scale. The General Directorate for priority cases of the ICR initiated the criminal case under part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code. According to investigators, Ulyukaev lobbied the interests of Rosneft for buying shares of the Bashneft company for $ 2 million.