Abyzov: Ulyukayev's arrest not affected work of Government
Mikhail Abyzov has characterized the information about officials' nervousness completely ridiculous and noted that the Government is operating normally.
The Minister for Open Government Mikhail Abyzov has denied the allegations that the Russian Government had been in a nervous state since the arrest of the former Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev, as had been previously reported by Reuters citing its sources in the Russian Government.
Reuters’ sources had compared the atmosphere in leadership circles with that of Stalin's combing. In response, Abyzov has called it completely ridiculous and noted that the government, and in particular, the Ministry of Economic Development staff, is operating normally.
When talking to journalists during the All-Russian Civic Forum in Moscow, Abyzov said the situation for Aleksey Ulyukaev's colleagues in the government was quite disturbing, but it did not affect the quality of the government's work.
Many high-ranking officials and politicians have been shocked by Ulyukaev's detention. Anatoly Chubais and German Gref have been particularly unhappy, whereas Alexey Kudrin has warned against premature conclusions on the case of Ulyukaev.
Let us recall that the CrimeRussia's source had previously reported about the preparation of a letter for Vladimir Putin in support of the Minister of Economic Development, who had been arrested on charges of extorting bribes, in business and political circles of Russia. And the above mentioned Gref, Kudrin, and Chubais are ready to sign it.
The Russia’s Investigative Committee central office has taken the case of former Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Marat Oganesyan for investigation. However, the St. Petersburg’s Investigative Committee dept (regional dept where the case had been investigated previously) did not find state budget damage in the Zenit Arena fraud case.
Among his accomplices are a lawyer, who presented himself as the plenipotentiary of the self-proclaimed republic in the International Criminal Court with the United Nations, and an entrepreneur, already serving a sentence for attempting to seize a building.
Certain details have become known about the crime of which Denis Nabiullin is suspected. The “unidentified prisoner”, against whom the Public Monitoring Commission member Denis Nabiullin detained in Moscow had committed swindling, turned out to be infamous fixer and fraudster Dionisiy Zolotov (Tumarkin).