In the Kremlin considered that the corruption scandal in the Ministry of economic development and the arrest of the former head of the Ministry Alexei speaker, the suspect of receiving a bribe in the amount of two million dollars, will not affect Russia’s economic policy, and contested the assessment of this case as a consequence of political attacks.
“It is unlikely that the detention of Mr. Ulyukayev can somehow be associated with changes in economic policy. Moreover, the strategic development of the country anyway within the competence of the President”, – said the press Secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, answering the question of whether to expect the Kremlin to change the economic course of the government (quoted by RIA “Novosti”).
As transfers “Interfax”, the press Secretary of the President also ruled out that the speaker was a victim of political attacks. “As for any attacks and so on, it is likely fiction. You know, Mr. speaker, is accused of receiving a bribe, that is corruption. I repeat – to be found guilty the court can only, but the actions are part of a deliberate policy to combat corruption”, – said Peskov.
Peskov also denied reports that the decree of Vladimir Putin to dismiss the head of Ministry of economic development was drawn up with violations of the law: “no violations. By law, the appointment and dismissal is made by the head of state, which was done”.
So Sands commented on the instructions of the human rights activist Alexander Podrabinek, who wrote on his page in Facebookthat the presidential order was made in violation, as there is no proposal of the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to dismiss a subordinate: “Dmitry Medvedev to fire speaker not offered. No such information on the government website. This is not mentioned in the text of the presidential decree No. 606 of 15 November 2016.”
Meanwhile, the human rights activist added, “to dismiss the Ministers, Mr. Putin can only on the proposal of the Prime Minister. Very clear article 83 paragraph “d” of the Constitution”.
Detention, house arrest and the subsequent resignation of the speaker already put into question the privatization of the state shareholding of 19.5% of Rosneft shares.
The case speaker was connected with his speech against the participation of “Rosneft” in the privatization of Bashneft and the revenge of Igor Sechin, head of Rosneft and long-standing ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. While Putin was aware of the rapid development of a Minister, which lasted about a year.
The opinion was expressed that this arrest Igor Sechin have set themselves against all the elite, which will now avenge him, if he will not destroy the system.
November 15, President Vladimir Putin sent the speaker to resign in connection with loss of trust, and in his place was temporarily appointed Deputy Minister Evgeny Elin. The Basmanny district court of Moscow has put the ex-Minister for two months under house arrest.