Records of conversations with Sechin adduced at Ulyukaev's trial 

Records of conversations with Sechin adduced at Ulyukaev's trial
Alexey Ulyukaev Photo: Ilya Pitalev / RIA Novosti

Prosecutors believe the record proves the fact of the bribe transfer.⁠

During the trial of ex-Head of the Ministry of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev in the Zamoskvoretsky court, participants had a chance to listen to a recording of his telephone conversation with head of Rosneft Igor Sechin, as well as to watch a video of their meeting in the evening of November 14, 2016. During the conversation, Sechin invites Ulyukaev to his office: "Could you come to us for a second, and to see the company, too?"

Recording of Igor Sechin and Alexey Ulyukaev’s conversation when transferring bribe near Rosneft office

The conversation ends with the talkers agreeing to meet at 17:00 and friendly saying goodbye.

Then the participants of the trial were shown two videos that were made on November 14, 2016, RBC reports. The first one shows Sechin and Ulyukaev talking near the garage box of Rosneft. It is noted that the negotiations on the recording could hardly be heard, except for Sechin's farewell phrase: "Thank you very much. See you". After that, a BMW car left the box, from which two men came out and took the ex-Minister away.

On the second video Sechin is in front of the garage box. There is a bag between 50 and 70 centimeters long next to him under the tree. A BMW drives up to the garage, after which Ulyukaev appears on camera, who takes the bag and brings it into the box.

A record of the conversation between Sechin and Ulyukaev about the "jacket" and "execution of the commission" was also demonstrated to the participants of the hearing.

Records of conversations between Ulyukaev and Sechin had previously been demonstrated in court in the form of transcripts. According to the defense of the former Head of the Ministry of Economic Development, the talks do not prove his guilt. In addition, Ulyukaev's lawyers expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of the decryption. The defense presented an alternative examination of ANO SODEKS, according to which the word 'Goa', the prosecution allegedly thought up, the charges, is not mentioned in the conversation. The indictment says that Ulyukaev demanded a $2 million bribe from Sechin exactly in this Indian state.

The defense was also displeased with the interpretation of Sechin's phrase "collected volume". According to the prosecution, this refers to the necessary amount of bribe. The defense, however, suggests that this is not so.

Alexey Ulyukaev is accused of extorting a bribe on an especially large scale. He was detained in November 2016. According to the investigation, the former minister demanded $2 million from head of Rosneft Igor Sechin for conclusion from the Ministry of Economic Development, allowing the oil company to buy the state-owned stake in Bashneft. Ulyukaev may face up to 15 years' custodial penalty. He does not admit his guilt.

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