Rosneft denies authenticity of published Sechin’s testimony upon Ulyukaev’s case

Rosneft denies authenticity of published Sechin’s testimony upon Ulyukaev’s case
Igor Sechin and Alexey Ulyukaev

A spokesman for the company, Mikhail Leontiev, said that the authenticity of the protocols "still needs to be checked."

Rosneft spokesman Mikhail Leontiev called published by the Russian BBC service excerpts from the protocols of interrogations of Rosneft head Igor Sechin upon the case of Ministry of Economic Development former head Alexey Ulyukaev “a stuffing”, RBC reports. According to Leontiev, the authenticity of these documents cannot be determined, as the court has not studied them.

Extracts from the protocols of Igor Sechin’s three interrogations were published the day before. The source, familiar with the investigation of the case, confirmed their authenticity. The interrogations took place on the morning of November 15, 2016 in the company car of Sechin, January 17, 2017 in the office of Rosneft on Sofiyskaya Embankment, as well as on May 31, 2017.

Some of Sechin's testimonies contradict the previously announced in court materials of his phone conversation’s wiretapping. During the interrogation on January 17, the head of Rosneft asserts that Ulyukaev called him around noon on November 14, the day of his detention. Sechin "took it as a repeated demand for a bribe." However, earlier in the court it was announced that Sechin himself called the ex-Minister.

During the first interrogation, the day after Ulyukaev's arrest, Sechin said that the Head of the Ministry of Economic Development demanded a bribe from him in September-October 2016. The specific place (the summit in Goa) the head of Rosneft called on the second interrogation. According to his testimony, Ulyukaev started a conversation about the privatization of Bashneft. The Minister told the head of Rosneft that the deal had already been approved by the government and asked to thank him for his assistance by paying a "so-called premium". To Sechin's question, how to understand this request, Ulyukaev "gestured in the form of two fingers showed the size of the required remuneration" and said that it was about $2 million.

According to Sechin, there were no witnesses, but the fact of the meeting can be confirmed by the security officers of Rosneft. Ulyukaev denied the very fact of such a conversation at the trial. Employees of the security department said that they did not see such gestures from the Minister.

Igor Sechin did not appear three times in court upon the case of Ulyukaev, although he is the main witness in the case. The head of Rosneft said that he is busy until the end of the year, and therefore probably will not be able to attend hearings till next year.

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