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.
The Moscow Azeri community has been put on alert. Two businessmen running business at the Food City mall on the Kaluzhskoe Highway have been forced to pay to unidentified extortionists. Nadir Salifov aka Guli had previously asserted claims on the mall.
Former Head of Russian Post Samara office Artur Igrushkin, who had forced his employees to build a country house for him and who was dismissed due to loss of trust, is now a defendant in another criminal case.
Marina Semynina, who had been renting out non-residential premises with an area of 2.5 thousand sq. m to the trading network, is a co-defendant in the suit of the Prosecutor General's Office on the seizure of Colonel Zakharchenko's family assets in favor of the state.
In a week the police of the Penza region have lost two first executives. The Head of the regional Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) announced his forthcoming resignation. In this regard, the region began talking about the global cleansing of the bigwigs of security agencies. Now everyone is waiting to learn who is next in the queue for quitting, and what new corruption rows pertaining to security chiefs are to come to light in the short run in a relatively serene region.