Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin to be questioned in Russia v. Ulyukaev

Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin to be questioned in Russia v. Ulyukaev
Igor Sechin

The prosecution requested the Moscow Zamoskvoretsky court to do so; the defense attorney supported the petition, although the subpoena has not yet been sent to Sechin.

Zamoskvoretsky court in Moscow has decided to question Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin in the case against Alexey Ulyukaev, the former Head of the Ministry of Economic Development, according to RBC. Attorney Boris Neporozhny filed the petition and Ulyukaev’s lawyer supported it.

After that, the public attorney stated that the prosecution had completed the submission of incriminating evidence against Ulyukaev. The court proceeds to study the evidence of the defense.

Sechin has not yet received the subpoena. Rosneft spokesman Mikhail Leontiev said that the company would not comment on the court's decision until it receives the document. Earlier Leontiev said that Sechin would testify if he were summoned as a witness; however, the court would have to adjust to the hectic schedule of the Rosneft head.

The ex-Minister of Economic Development is accused of soliciting a $2-million bribe from the Rosneft CEO in return for the Ministry’s approval that the company could buy Bashneft stake from the state. At a hearing on November 8, the court was shown a box and a plastic bag with two million dollars Ulyukaev had been given, according to the prosecution. The former Minister refused to answer the question whether he had taken the money as a bribe, promising to testify when in court.

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