Putin: case against Ulyukaev dustaines
The Head of the state notes that the arrest of the former Minister of Economic Development will not affect the assessment of the entire Government’s activity.
The Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the detention of the former Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev a “sad fact”. However, the law enforcement agencies and courts should comment on this, as well as other high-profile cases, according to the President. Putin said this at a press conference of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Peru. Recall, on November 15, at a Government’s meeting the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev called the Ulyukaev’s arrest an "extraordinary event".
At the same time Putin said that this event would not affect his relationship to the Government, "the Cabinet is working professionally, despite all the criticism," - the Head of the state said. Finally, he put an end in a dispute concerning the purchase of Bashneft’s shares by Rosneft. According to Putin, the Ulyukaev’s arrest will not affect the outcome of the fulfilled transaction.
Putin also noted that the work to identify the facts of corruption and malpractice in the higher echelons of power would be continued both in the center and in the regions.
With regard to the appointment of a new Minister, according to Vladimir Putin, this issue he intends to resolve after returning from Peru. According to him, now, there are "at least three or four" candidates for the post. Recall, now the Deputy Minister of Ulyukaev Evgeny Elin performs the duties.
The Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukaev was arrested on charges of taking a bribe in the amount of $2 million for the Ministry’s positive assessment of Rosneft’s purchase of state-owned Bashneft’s shares. Now, the ex-official is under house arrest, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
Billionaire Viktor Vekselberg has repaid loans in the amount of $1 billion taken from the Western banks. Earlier, his Renova Group had received state support from Promsvyazbank. Renova representatives say they have repaid the loan with the company’s own funds.