The head of the Center for strategic research (CSR) Alexei Kudrin said in a television interview has told about the doubtful points in the detention of the former Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev, he, according to investigators, received a bribe from the management of “Rosneft” in the company’s office. The government, meanwhile, said that the MAYOR is operating normally and that any nervousness because of the arrest of a Federal Minister is not observed.
“My doubts that all of it could be associated with a difficult configuration to him (speaker) on the territory of “Rosneft”. In fact, it is not accepted, even can’t imagine this, to a Minister with such a powerful man with the authority, as Sechin (head of “Rosneft” Igor Sechin), could behave this way,” said Kudrin in interview to TV channel “Russia 1″.
The former Finance Minister also urged not to link the arrest of the speaker with his other work as Minister of economic development. “People like the Minister of economic development, take many decisions that are not always convenient. I don’t think now we need this theme to weave in the current context”, – TASS quoted Kudrin.
The head of CSR also called for the investigation to greater transparency, and the public – to respect the presumption of innocence. “This is a very sensitive issue for companies which need to give full and timely information. You can’t just lay low. I call this”. He recalled that sometimes criminal cases are falling apart: “This has already happened. Including my former Deputy (Deputy Minister of Finance Sergei Storchak) was such situation”.
Later in the broadcast RBC TV Kudrin said that in the “case speaker” rally to him all sorts of information from family and lawyers, but he’s not ready to discuss now.
The head of the HRC asked to show the public the video of the detention
The resonant case was discussed at the all-Russian civil forum. The head of the HRC Mikhail Fedotov called to declassify and publish photos, videos and audio recordings concerning the allegations of bribery. He admitted that he was stunned by the news about the arrest of the speaker: “It shocked me, I imagined this could not imagine… I do not believe that it could be, just don’t believe, but matters of faith should not have any value in this field must be set to true.” However, as emphasized by Fedotov, “the fact we are not seen.” The human rights activist pointed out that in accordance with the law on operative-investigative activities, photo and video content, and these wiretaps are classified. “But we need them to declassify, need to undertake appropriate procedures,” he said.
The Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev was arrested on Monday while accepting a bribe of 2 million dollars for issued a positive assessment of the Department, which allowed Rosneft to buy back the state of 50.08% of shares of “Bashneft”. According to investigators, the speaker, extorting bribes, threatened the representatives of “Rosneft”. In the UK noted that questions to the transaction for the sale of shares of “Bashneft” company “Rosneft” in investigation no.
The government said the lack of nervousness
The Russian government is operating in a normal mode, in spite of the arrest and the resignation of the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev, said the head of the Open government Mikhail Abyzov.
“The government is working absolutely fine. Of course, we, as colleagues of Alexey Valentinovich Uljukaev, this situation is not what is not happy, we took it really hard, the government is very serious shock,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the all-Russian civil forum. He called nonsense the rumors about the nervous situation in the Cabinet and stressed that colleagues in the Ministry are doing their job despite the incident.