Investigators spied on Ulyukaev’s calls and emails for months
The Head of Ministry of Economic Development has been followed closely for the last 1.5 months. However, some sources say it’s actually been over a year since the law enforcement started keeping their watchful eye on the minister.
The court authorized wiretapping of Alexey Ulyukaev’s phones as well as those of his immediate circle late in summer 2016, sources in the investigation bodies told Life. The investigators also hacked the official’s email account. It was everything they heard and read that has become the grounds for Ulyukaev’s arrest. According to RIA Novosti, the special services had spotted the Minister long time ago, yet it has only been 1.5 months that they started to take the issue seriously.
"It is not clear whether they had initially been suspicious about precisely what he is now being charged with, but he has certainly been watched for over a year," the source said.
As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, the Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukaev was arrested in the act by the Investigative Committee supported by the FSB's Security Department. Investigators clarified that Ulyukaev is suspected of extorting a bribe of $ 2 million from Rosneft officials. The money secured an approval for the company to buy state-owned shares of Bashneft. Interestingly enough, the Investigative Committee takes no issues with Rosneft considering the share sale legitimate.
Aqua business on Baikal. Chinese people to drink the unique lake to the lees? What does this have to do with Deripaska?
Following a request from the West-Baikal Interdistrict Environmental Prosecutor's Office, the Kirovsky District Court of Irkutsk has suspended the construction of a water bottling plant in Kultuk township, Slyudyanka district, pending the rectification of defects identified in the course of the inspection. The construction has been put on hold; the court has to make the final decision in two months. In the meantime, public activists and environmentalists are ringing alarm bells. An all-Russia public rally to protect Lake Baikal is scheduled to March 24; its program includes collection of signatures against the plant construction by AquaSib company belonging to Chinese investors. A day after the court decision, a fire occurred on Talovskie swamps in Kultuk – it must be noted that the main claims brought against the project owners pertain to these swamps. The CrimeRussia was figuring out what threats does the project pose to the lake and local environment, how was it approved, whether a ‘water competition’ is possible in the region, and what has oligarch Oleg Deripaska to do with this?