Minister of Economic Development rolled on by Rosneft
Investigators formally charged Alexey Ulyukaev.
The Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev has been charged with "Bribe-Taking and extortion on a considerable scale" (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code).
According to investigators, Ulyukaev had demanded that Rosneft officials pay him $2 million. He was extorting the money in return for an approval for the company to buy 50% of Bashneft’s state-owned shares. Unless the money is paid, the Minister promised the company would be in trouble.
The investigation said they started to watch Ulyukaev closely after they got statements by Rosneft. We should also remind that earlier law enforcement sources reported that the investigators had been spying on the Minister of Economic Development for the whole past year, and that for the last two months he has been followed with extra attention (with his phone calls wiretapped and his correspondence all hacked).
Now, the investigators went to court asking for a punishment for the accused.
As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, Alexey Ulyukaev, the Minister of Economic Development of Russia, was detained red-handed by the Investigative Committee supported by the FSB Security Department. Despite the scandalous Rosneft’s agreement for the purchase of Bashneft shares, the ICR does not take any issues with the oil company considering the transaction legitimate.
The ICR has reported on solving the murder of Ilya Pichko, who had been due to testify in the high-profile case of smuggling at the hearing on December 18. The search for the head of Yugo-Vostochnaya Torgovaya Kompaniya began after he failed to appear at the hearing scheduled for December 11.