Rosneft refuses to accept Sechin’s subpoena

Rosneft refuses to accept Sechin’s subpoena
Igor Sechin

The head of the company did not attend the hearing on the case of ex-Head of the Ministry of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev.⁠

Head of Rosneft Igor Sechin did not appear at the Zamoskvoretsky court in Moscow to testify in the case of former head of the Ministry of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev, who is accused of extorting a bribe of $2 million from him. RBC reports this. According to judge Larisa Semenova, Rosneft refused to accept the subpoena from the bailiffs.

Sechin was summoned to court on November 9. He was supposed to attend the hearing on November 13, but Rosneft's press secretary Mikhail Leontiev said that the head of the company had not received a subpoena.

Also, the subpoena was sent to Sechin through Russian Post, fax and e-mail. Russian Post referred to paragraph 4 of Art. 63 of the federal law (secrecy of communication) answering why Sechin did not receive a summons,

The Code of Criminal Procedure prohibits a witness from evading appearance on subpoena to court without valid reasons. According to Art. 56 of the Code, in case of non-appearance, the witness may be subjected to a compulsory attendance. In this case, according to Art. 188 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, subpoena must be handed personally to the summoned person. In case of his absence, the document can be transferred to an adult member of the family or the administration at the place of work.

First Deputy Minister of Energy Alexey Texler, Deputy Director of the Corporate Governance Department of the Ministry of Economic Development Ivan Bezmenov and staff member of the Ministry Sergey Volchenkov are present at the court session on November 13.

Former Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukaev is accused of extorting a bribe of $2 million from the head of Rosneft for issuing a resolution authorizing the company to acquire a state stake in Bashneft. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

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