Journalists not allowed in while FSB General Feoktistov being questioned in Russia v. Ulyukaev

Journalists not allowed in while FSB General Feoktistov being questioned in Russia v. Ulyukaev
Oleg Feoktistov

Feoktistov is being interrogated in camera.

Next witness in the case against the former head of the Ministry of Economic Development is Oleg Feoktistov, the former security manager of Rosneft. The prosecution demanded that the today’s interrogation should be held behind closed doors. The lawyers objected to this, saying the publicity of the proceedings must be observed. Besides, there are no grounds for making the process inaccessible for journalists under the Criminal Procedure Code. Nevertheless, the court decided to interrogate Feoktistov in closed session.

RBC journalists said that the only thing they knew about Feoktistov's interrogation was that he held himself in a general-like manner and was wearing a white shirt and a formal suit.

The court interrogated another FSB officer directly involved in the detention of the ex-minister at the previous session that was open for the press.

As a reminder, FSB officer Alexey Kalugin questioned the legality of Alexey Ulyukaev’s criminal prosecution. He repeatedly stated that he was acting as a junior detective during the arrest. Under to the law, a junior detective has no right to pass the case file to investigators sidestepping the prosecutor's office, but the FSB agent acting as a junior detective brought Ulyukaev and the file to the Investigative Committee immediately.

At the previous meeting it was found out that the preparations for the "operational experiment" of handing over the suitcase with money to Ulyukaev had begun at the end of October 2016.

Ulyukaev is accused of extorting a $2-million bribe from Rosneft CEO, Igor Sechin. Ulyukaev was detained on November 14, 2016 near Rosneft Moscow office. According to the prosecution, the Minister of Economic Development solicited a bribe for an approval from his ministry so that Rosneft could purchase 50.08% of Bashneft from the state.

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