Minister Ulyukaev turned out to be numismatist
Investigators seized a collection of 1-kg gold coins and an exclusive watch from the ex-Minister.
Today at a meeting in the Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky Court, prosecutors read out the records of the search at Ulyukaev's office. In his safe 5 gold coins weighing one kilogram and one gold coin weighing 3 kilograms were found.
"He is a numismatist. Yes, he collected coins. But what this has to do with the proof of his guilt, I do not understand," lawyer of accused of bribery official Daridzhan Kveidze told Interfax, commenting on the appearance of the state prosecutors.
In addition to coins, four pairs of wristwatches were found at the office of the former Minister of Economic Development. The cost of wristwatches of different famous Swiss brands (IWC Schaffhausen, Patek Philippe, Raymond Weil, Longines) varies from 23 thousand to 1.2 million rubles ($398-$20.800).
Commenting on the report of the search, Ulyukaev's lawyer insisted that everything that had been confiscated was acquired honestly and with legal means. The lawyer reminded the court that before Alexey Ulyukaev became Minister of Economic Development, he was First Deputy Finance Minister from 2000 to 2004, and before that he worked as the First Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank for 9 years.
Recall, Alexey Ulyukaev is accused of extorting bribes in a particularly large amount. In November 2016 he was caught red-handed. After the initiation of the criminal case, the Minister was immediately dismissed.
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