Media: Putin dismissed Ulyukaev at Medvedev's suggestion

Media: Putin dismissed Ulyukaev at Medvedev's suggestion
Aleksey Ulyukaev, former Minister of Economy and Development

Journalists have learned details of the resignation of the Minister of Economy and Development accused of taking a multi-million bribe.

According to RBC citing Head of the State Legal Department of the President Larisa Brycheva, Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed former Head of the Ministry of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev at Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's suggestion.

As explained by the news portal, such information is contained in Brycheva's letter which she sent in response to a request for lawyer of Yabloko Anti-Corruption Center Aleksey Chumakov to the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation.

Chumakov asked the supervisory authority on what grounds the President dismissed Ulyukaev: whether it was under the Federal Law "On Combating Corruption" or on the proposal of the Prime Minister Medvedev. The Prosecutor General's Office forwarded the document to the State-legal Control of the President, and then Brycheva responded, confirming that Ulyukaev was dismissed as Minister in connection with the loss of confidence, under the Federal Law "On Combating Corruption." However, according to Art. 9 of the Federal Constitutional Law "On the Government of the Russian Federation", federal ministers are dismissed by the President on the proposal of the Prime Minister.

RBC sources have confirmed that the President has received a proposal from Dmitry Medvedev. However, the exact date – whether Putin received this document before or after Ulyukaev's arrest – is unknown.

Let us recall that Ulyukaev was arrested on charges of extorting a bribe of 2 million dollars on the night of November 15. According to investigation, the former minister demanded money for the confirmation of Bashneft's shares purchase by Rosneft. In the evening on November 15, Putin signed a decree dismissing Ulyukaev in connection with the loss of confidence.

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