Russia’s Minister of Economy Ulyukaev detained, accused of $2 million bribe


According to the website of Investigative Committee of Russia, Russian Minister of Economy and Development Alexei Ulyukayev was detained on charges of taking bribes in a large scale.

“The details of the crime indicate receiving $2 million by state official of the Russian Federation Alexei Ulyukaev on November 14, 2016,” said in a statement.

Ulyukayev has allegedly took the bribe for a positive evaluation, that allowed state company Rosneft to acquire a 50% share of Bashneft oil company.

As reported by RIA Novosti, spokesman for Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov has already commented on the detention. According to him, “these are very serious charges that require very serious evidence.” He added that only court can make a decision on this matter.

Citing sources familiar with the situation, journalists of Interfax reported that the money was given to Ulyukayev during the investigative experiment under the control of law authorities.