Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has appointed temporarily fulfilling duties of the head of Ministry of economic development Deputy Minister Evgeny Elin. Informed his immediate superior, the Minister Alexei Ulyukayev, was detained on suspicion in receiving a bribe in the amount of $ 2 million.
“Medvedev signed a decree on imposing temporary duties of the economic development Minister to Deputy Minister of economic development of the Russian Federation Yevgeny Ivanovich yellin”, – said the press Secretary of the head of the Cabinet of Ministers Natalya Timakova (quoted by “Interfax”).
Meanwhile it became known that appointed the acting head of the RF Ministry of Elin takes part in the meeting with the President of the Russian Federation on the development strategy of “Roscosmos”. His name appears in the list of participants of the event, which takes place the evening of November 15, reports TASS.
Medvedev, speaking at a meeting of the faction “United Russia” on Tuesday, called the detention of the speaker a heavy event for the country. “This is a grave event for the government and for the government. What happened is beyond my understanding. Yesterday I discussed this topic with the President of the country. He has the same opinion”, – said the Prime Minister.
However, as stressed by the head of the government, “under,
established by applicable law, shall be held
the most thorough investigation of the incident”. “Mean all the basic procedural principles and the decision-making system in criminal law and criminal procedure areas,” – said the Prime Minister.
“From this, from these stories, it one indisputable conclusion is very important for our country taking into account its traditions, – said Medvedev. – None of the authorities – neither the Minister, nor Deputy, nor the Governor nor any other public servant – has no immunity in corruption crimes”.
Earlier, on 15 November, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov saidthat the Kremlin does not consider the detention of Alexei Ulyukayev, the reason for the resignation of the government. “Don’t see the connection. We are talking about the personal accusations that are not based, recognition of a Minister or individuals responsible. The more absurd to speak of a collective responsibility,” he explained.
The representative of the Kremlin once again stressed that Vladimir Putin was informed about the investigative actions in respect of the Minister from the very beginning of its development. Peskov did not comment on when this happened, noting that this process took “considerable time”. At the same time Putin “exchanged information” about what is happening with the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, the head of the Kremlin press service.
The Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev was detained on Monday, November 14, when receiving a bribe in 2 million dollars in 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 Minister, 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.