Igor Sechin to testify in Ulyukaev’s case

Igor Sechin to testify in Ulyukaev’s case
According to Ulyukaev, he has lost 14 kg under the house arrest

In November 2016, Rosneft CEO, according to some sources, personally invited Ulyukaev to the company’s office and was present when he was accepting the $2m-bribe.

Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin was declared a witness at the trial against Russian former Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev, accused of taking a bribe worth $2 million.

According to TASS, "Both parties have some questions to ask Mr. Sechin."

It is worth noting that the Rosneft head played an important role in the operation to detain Alexei Ulyukaev, conducted by FSB General Oleg Feoktistov, who had been Rosneft vice president for security for a short while before returning to the FSB in April 2017.

Sechin personally invited the Economy Minister to Rosneft office on Sofiyskaya Embankment, where, according to investigators, Ulyukaev was given a bribe that he had extorted from the company’s leadership.

Later, Reuters reported that Igor Sechin was present when Ulyukaev was given two cases with $2 million in cash. An unnamed Rosneft top manager was the one who gave the money to the minister. He also helped Ulyukaev to carry one of the suitcases to the car. Reuters added that Ulyukaev himself was carrying the second case and left his fingerprints on it.

According to the investigators, Ulyukaev demanded a bribe from Rosneft and in return, the ministry issued an expert opinion that helped the company privatize Bashneft.

Preliminary hearings on the trial against Alexey Ulyukaev, charged under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale) began in the Moscow Zamoskvoretsky Court on August 8.

According to Interfax, the defense of the former official had applied for a closed trial, but the court overruled the petition.

Detained on November 15, 2016 Alexey Ulyukaev maintains innocence. The court is going to continue hearing his case on August 16. Today reports came that the court extended Alexey Ulyukaev’s house arrest term until January 27.

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