The Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev, the detained November 14, when the transfer of a bribe of two million dollars, remains the only defendant in a criminal case, a source told TASS.

About the detention of a member of the government it became known about three o’clock in the morning on November 15. With about 11 hours on 15 November , RIA Novosti reported quoting the source: “currently questioning him, he is in SK the Russian Federation”.

“A night with Ulyukaev investigative actions were not conducted, it is now questioned by investigators as a suspect. After this is solved the question of the measure of restraint”, – said, in turn, the source TASS.

The detention of the Minister is associated with a large bribe received by an official for the cooperation of Rosneft in the acquisition of a stake in Bashneft, previously reported by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.

“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 earlier the representative of the UK Svetlana Petrenko.

According to the source RIA “Novosti” in law enforcement bodies, the speaker was in development for the FSB more than a year. The reason for carrying out investigative experiment in relation to him allegedly were the results of the wiretapping, according to the Agency. Permission for a wiretap Alexei Ulyukayev, the court issued at the end of the summer, reported RBC.

President Vladimir Putin, as it turned out, from the very beginning was aware of the “development” of the Minister by law enforcement agencies.

Shortly before his arrest Alexei Ulyukayev went to the hospital, reported “Interfax” in the Ministry. According to sources in the Department, at the end of last week the speaker was ill. This week he had to fly to Peru to from 17 to 20 November to attend the APEC summit.

At the time, foreign travel and the period of illness, the Minister shall appoint acting chief Executive officer. According to sources, before the arrest of the speaker signed the order appointing Eugene yellin to the position of acting Minister of economic development.

However, as Elin went on a business trip, currently acting Deputy speaker is Alexei Vedev, said sources. As said RIA “Novosti” in the Ministry, this does not mean that Vedev will perform the duties of the Minister after the arrest of the speaker. The corresponding decision on appointment to be taken by the President.

“While the information that Vedev temporarily performs the duties of the Minister, just for today. Wait and see,” said RNS a source in the MAYOR. According to him, the help for management staff “says that today the acting Minister Alexei Vedev”.

Minister Ulyukayev is the only defendant in the bribery case, said the source TASS 15.11.2016

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