FSB Anti-Corruption Campaign continues: Head of Ministry of Economic Development detained for extorting $ 2 mln
The official demanded two million dollars from the Rosneft representatives.
The FSB Anti-Corruption Campaign is gaining momentum: the prognosis of the CrimeRussia source was confirmed on the night of November 15. As the press service of the ICR reported tonight, the Head of the Ministry of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev was detained on suspicion of Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code). The high-ranking official was caught red-handed while receiving $ 2 million. Up to now, investigation is underway. He faces up to 15 years of imprisonment. The Central Investigation Department for investigation of particular important cases of the Russian Investigative Committee is carrying out check of the case against the Minister.
According to the press service of the ICR, on November 14 Alexey Ulyukaev received a bribe from representatives of the Rosneft, which he had extorted using threats. It is known that the official demanded two million dollars from the Rosneft representatives for the Ministry’s positive evaluation given to the company, which allowed it to make a deal on acquisition of state-owned shares of the OJSC Joint-Stock Oil Company Bashneft in the amount of 50%. The ICR noted that the investigation has no questions to the Rosneft representatives, and the Bashneft shares were acquired lawfully.
As RIA Novosti reported, the Putin's press secretary did not give any comment on Ulyukaev’s detention, saying "it is the night-time."
It is worth noting, that the high-ranking official was detained as a result of the work carried out by the FSB. It is known that Ulyukaev was detained basing on the materials of wiretapping of his phone conversations. However, sources say, the official has been under the surveillance of the FSB for a year. During the wiretapping, investigation managed to establish the fact of extortion.
Earlier, the CrimeRussia source reported that the Russian security service officers declared a manhunt for corrupt officials. Thus, as a result of the FSB work, several arrests have been made: the former Head of Sakhalin Alexander Khoroshavin, the ex-Governor of Komi Vyacheslav Gaizer, the former Governor of the Kirov Region Nikita Belykh, senior officials of the ICR, officials of the Ministry of Culture, participants in the Renova case, as well as the corruption cases in the Economic Security Service of the FSB, the Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko's ton of dollars and others.
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