Official with Economic Development Ministry who testified against Ulyukayev appointed deputy minister

Official with Economic Development Ministry who testified against Ulyukayev appointed deputy minister
Alexey Ulyukayev and Oksana Tarasenko

In court, Oksana Tarasenko acted as a witness for the prosecution in the case of her former boss.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev appointed former subordinate of Alexey Ulyukayev, ex-Head of the Ministry of Economic Development Department Oksana Tarasenko Deputy Minister, RBC reports.

Oksana Tarasenko acted as a prosecution witness in the case of her former chief.

The document on the appointment of Oksana Tarasenko, signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was published on the government website today, December 30.

Oksana Tarasenko has been working in the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation since 2015, when she came to the department from the Federal Property Management Agency. She began her career in the Ministry as Director of the Department of Coordination, Development and Regulation of Foreign Economic Activity. Soon afterwards, the official was entrusted with the management of the Department of Corporate Governance of the Ministry of Economic Development.

In September 2017, at the trial in the case of ex-Minister Alexey Ulyukayev, Tarasenko spoke against her former boss. The ex-Minister was accused of receiving a bribe of $2 million from the Head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, for approving the corporation’s participation in the privatization of Bashneft.

Although Ulyukayev repeatedly denied this deal publicly, according to Tarasenko, at a meeting with Sechin, the former Head of department admitted that legally Rosneft could well buy Bashneft’s stake.

Ex-Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev was detained in November 2016 after the Head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, visited his office. In his car, the security forces found a bag with $2 million, treated with a special substance. According to the prosecution, Ulyukayev extorted these funds for the positive conclusion of the Ministry of Economic Development regarding the purchase of Bashneft’s share by Rosneft. The former Head of the department himself did not admit his guilt. However, in December 2017, the former Minister was sentenced to eight years in a penal colony and fined 130 million rubles ($1.8 m), which he has already paid.

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