Ulyukaev demanded bribe from Rosneft via state bank president

Ulyukaev demanded bribe from Rosneft via state bank president
Alexey Ulyukaev in court

Ulyukaev’s words, qualified as threats to Rosneft by investigation, are part of the former Minister’s conversation with an unnamed banker.

The Head of the Ministry of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev has demanded a bribe from Rosneft leaders through a president of one of the banks.

That is how Rosbalt's source, familiar with the materials against the former Minister of Economic Development collected by FSB, has explained the wording "extortion of bribe" in the criminal case of Alexey Ulyukaev.

The source notes that the president of a large state bank financial institution, with whom Ulyukaev had talked, is intimately familiar with both the former Head of the Ministry of Economic Development and with the President of Rosneft Igor Sechin.

Reportedly, Ulyukaev carried out the conversation in a raised voice, claiming he and his staff were working round the clock on the preparation of documentation "in an expeditious manner" to speed up the acquisition of Bashneft's shares by Rosneft.

However, Ulyukaev expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that neither he nor his staff, nor "a number of others" had not received any thanks for it. Then, as the source reports, the minister openly promised the head of a state bank that Rosneft would now face delays and obstacles in the work on part of the ministry.

According to Rosbalt, these words have been qualified as threats while extorting bribes. The minister's interlocutor, head of a state bank, reassured Ulyukaev and promised "to talk with Igor Ivanovich Sechin about this, calling him "an understanding man."

Let us recall that the Head of the Ministry of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev was detained on November 15 on suspicion of extorting bribes on an especially large scale. The Minister has been charged under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code. According to investigation, the Head of the Ministry of Economic Development had been extorting a bribe in the amount of 2 million dollars from Rosneft representatives for favoring the acquisition of Bashneft's shares by the State Company. Following this, Ulyukaev was dismissed by presidential decree in connection with the loss of confidence. 

It is known that Ulyukaev had been cultivated by FSB investigators for several months, and the court entitled the latter to eavesdropping.

When choosing a preventive measure against the former Minister of Economic Development, the court sent him under house arrest, as he is related to state secrets. Medical contraindications for detention in remand prison have also played a part.

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