Medvedev: Ulyukaev's arrest is an extraordinary event, but no one is above the law
Today, the Government gathered at an emergency meeting, where the arrest and resignation of Alexey Ulyukaev were at issue.
Opening the meeting the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that the criminal case against the dismissed Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev was an extraordinary event for the Government and for the governance as a whole. He also added that he had already discussed this with the President Vladimir Putin and with the deputies of the Edinaya Rossiya faction. According to Medvedev, it is possible to draw only one conclusion: "Everybody, including any representative of the authorities, no matter what position they held, is not above the law." He added "the court should put the final point on the issue of guilt or innocence of the former Government’s member." On this Interfax reported.
Medvedev also turned to the Ministry of Economic Development staff asking them to work more smoothly in advance of budget’s review. He also hoped that the incident would not affect the results of the Ministry's activity.
The Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko previously announced the Government's emergency meeting. Later, however, the press-service of the Ministers’ Cabinet explained that it is the planned meeting, which was just retimed from Thursday to Wednesday because of the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s availability.
On the eve Medvedev called the Ulyukaev’s detention a difficult event for the Government and for the governance. "What happened yesterday is beyond my understanding," - he added.
Recall, at night of November, 15 Ulyukaev was arrested on suspicion of taking bribes in the amount of $ 2 million. According to investigators, the Ministry of Economic Development received the money for the assessment of the Rosneft’s acquisition of Bashneft’s state-owned shares. With regard to Ulyukaev the criminal case was initiated under article Bribe-Taking on an especially large-scale (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code). The Moscow Basmanny Court placed him under house arrest until mid-January 2017. The Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed Ulyukaev from his post in connection with the loss of confidence.
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