Putin: Operative services gathered enough evidence for Ulyukaev’s resignation

Putin: Operative services gathered enough evidence for Ulyukaev’s resignation
Vladimir Putin

The Russian President sees no sense to give any comments in advance.

The materials gathered by the operative services on former Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev are enough evidence for his resignation in connection with the loss of confidence, President Vladimir Putin said during the press conference. Echo Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) asked him whether the high-profile anti-corruption case is just a "zilch". The President was also asked: was it an emotional impulse of Putin to dismiss the Minister, who used to be an official of his closest circle, his confidant, and is he aware of Ulyukaev’s version of the criminal case.

"I have not talked to Ulyukaev," - said Putin. There were reasons for the minister’s resignation, the President believes. He also sees no sense in commenting results of the investigation in advance and offered to wait for investigation’s reports and the trial. He also added, giving any comments on the criminal case in advance is harmful.

When asked about former Head of the Federal Customs Service Andrey Belyaninov mentioned by Echo, Putin said there was no a criminal case initiated against him. The fact media leaked data on searches at the official’s house before initiation of a criminal case, was unacceptable, such actions are harmful for reputation, he said.

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