The investigative Committee detained the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev, reports TASS with reference to the representative office, Svetlana Petrenko. According to her, the arrest was due to a large bribe received by an official for the cooperation of Rosneft in the acquisition of a stake in Bashneft.

“The circumstances of the crime connected with obtaining public office of the Russian Federation Alexei Ulyukaev, on 14 November, two million dollars for the Ministry of economic development issued a positive evaluation, which allowed Rosneft to carry out the acquisition of a state block of shares of PAK Bashneft in the amount of 50 percent,” – said Petrenko.

As noted, the criminal case against the speaker was filed on the results of the FSB of Russia “of complex operational activities”. The Minister is currently detained, soon he will be indicted.

A criminal case was opened under part 6 of article 290 of the criminal code of Russian Federation – bribe reception in especially large size. The maximum punishment under this article provides imprisonment for the term from eight to 15 years with a fine in the amount up to semidesyatiletnego the amount of the bribe.

“In relation to the speaker carry out the necessary operational investigative actions”, – added Petrenko.

Meanwhile, a source RIA “Novosti” in law enforcement bodies told that the speaker was in development for the FSB more than a year.

The Kremlin also sharp statements to do not yet become. “It’s night. I don’t know were reported to the President. This is a very serious accusation that requires very serious evidence. In any case, to decide anything only the court can”, – said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.

Rosneft is the world’s largest public oil company by production volumes. Preparation for privatization of “Bashneft” last summer, sharply raised the question of whether state-owned companies to be present in such transactions, and generally on the status of state-owned companies in the Russian Energy sector.

A number of senior officials of the Russian government spoke out against, saying that the sale of a controlling stake in one state-owned other state-owned companies privatization is difficult to call.

The speaker was originally called “Rosneft” priority buyer, since she was the only company that has given the consultant’s proposal a legally binding offer with a price higher than the price of an independent appraiser, who assessed the package in the amount of from 297 to 315 billion rubles.

Investigators arrested the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev 15.11.2016

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