Putin fired Alexey Ulyukaev
The Minister was fired "due to loss of confidence", although, according to Dmitry Peskov, Ulyukaev has lost the President's loyalty a few months ago.
The Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukaev was dismissed from his post by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on November 15, the presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
The representative of the Presidential Administration said Ulyukaev was dismissed in connection with the loss of confidence. His Deputy Evgeny Elin will temporary perform Minister's duties.
Recall that the Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev was arrested on charges of accepting a bribe in the amount of $ 2 million at night between 14 and 15 November. The Investigative Committee said that the former Minister extorted a bribe from representatives of Rosneft threatening them at the same time. This bribe, the ICR told, the official demanded for a positive conclusion, which allowed the company to buy the 50% of Bashneft's state-owned shares.
The Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier that the President was aware of this case to the details from the beginning of the FSB's investigation with regard to the Minister.
Currently, the Basmanny Court has chosen Alexey Ulyukaev a preventive measure in the form of house arrest. The lawyer explained that the official of this level can not be placed in the pre-trial detention center, because he has access to state secrets. The former Minister does not admit his guilt, but is willing to cooperate with the investigation.
The Moscow City Court sentenced Mikhail Maksimenko to 13 years of strict regime and a fine of 165 million rubles ($2.7m) within the case of bribes from representatives of the criminal world. The ICR Colonel denied his guilt, calling the case a frameup.