Moscow City Court sets date of appellate review of Ulyukaev’s verdict

Moscow City Court sets date of appellate review of Ulyukaev’s verdict
Aleksey Ulyukaev

Earlier, the former minister’s defense had appealed the verdict.

The Moscow City Court set the consideration of the appeal against the sentence to ex-Minister of Economic Development Aleksey Ulyukaev on April 12. He was sentenced to eight years in a strict regime colony and a fine of 130.4 million rubles (~2.3 million USD).

On April 12, the Moscow City Court will consider the application for appeal filed by the defense of ex-Minister of Economic Development of Russia Aleksey Ulyukaev related to his verdict in the bribery case. This was reported to RBC in the press service of the court.

Last year, on December 15, Zamoskvoretsky Court of Moscow sentenced Ulyukaev to eight years in a strict-security colony and a fine of 130.4 million rubles. The ex-minister was also deprived of the right to hold civil service positions for eight years after serving the term.

The court found Ulyukaev guilty of taking a bribe of $ 2 million from the head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin. On November 14, 2016, in the office of Rosneft, he handed the minister a bag with bills, as well as a basket with branded sausages. The transfer took place under the control of the FSB.

A month earlier, at a BRICS summit in the Indian state of Goa, Ulyukaev “decided to use the importance and authority of his position” and with a “gesture of two fingers” demanded money from Sechin as a “bonus” for the successful completion of the deal, according to which Rosneft was supposed to buy 50% in Bashneft, the court established. After that, Sechin appealed to Rosneft’s security adviser Oleg Feoktistov, and together they filed a statement against Ulyukaev to FSB director Aleksander Bortnikov.

Earlier, Ulyukaev publicly called participation of Rosneft, indirectly controlled by the state, in the privatization of the company inexpedient.

The main witness at the trial was Sechin, but he did not appear in court, although several summonses were sent to him. The basis of the verdict was the testimony of Feoktistov. Being also an FSB general, he supervised the operational work on Ulyukayev and directly supervised the transfer of money to the minister.

The General, who is considered to be one of Russia's most powerful security forces officers, was interrogated behind the closed doors, and it was the first time he made a public appearance.

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