Former Minister of economic development of Russia Alexei Ulyukayev, accused of receiving bribes, were detained when leaving the office of “Rosneft” illegally, without any procedural status, said on Monday in Moscow city court, his lawyer Timofei Gridnev, reports TASS.

“Out of office “Rosneft” the car was blocked by the FSB. Then it was under the control of the employees, he was forbidden to use the means of communication. In fact, the speaker was arrested, which means delivery in bodies of inquiry or investigation, however, the FSB ignored the rules,” said the lawyer, noting that the speaker was neither a suspect nor an accused, had no procedural status.

In turn, the investigator told the court that the speaker was notified in advance of charges, and the investigators ‘ actions were legitimate. “In the course of drawing up the Protocol of detention was explained right (Ulyukayev), the article itself, which was suspected by the speaker, does not imply the participation of defence counsel in investigative actions. In this connection, consider the actions of the investigating authorities legal. The speaker has been notified in advance of the charges,” said the investigator.

The Moscow city court on 28 November sees the appeal of the speaker on the decision of the Basmanny court of Moscow on 15 November that he has satisfied the petition of the investigating authorities and placed the speaker under house arrest for two months, until 15 January 2017. Protection speaker asks to choose the former Minister milder measure of restraint not involving deprivation of liberty.

The defense also requests the court to allow Alexei Ulyukayev hour walk and chat with the press. According to the lawyer, with the help of the media the client wants to “convey to the public their point of view” (in this case).

The result opposes walks Ulyukayev. “This can lead to uncontrolled contact with other defendants in a criminal case, other people who have not yet interrogated”, – said at a meeting in Moscow city court, the investigator novel Nesterov. According to him, the former member of the government, there are opportunities
to obstruct justice: “a Lot of people were involved in this process (of privatization of “Bashneft”), starting with a decision until, as privatization has taken place. The speaker may have an impact on subordinates, though the former. Such opportunities he has”.

Alexei Ulyukayev was arrested on 14 November on suspicion in extortion and receiving a bribe of $ 2 million for the Ministry of economic development issued a positive evaluation, which allowed Rosneft to acquire state-owned shares “Bashneft”. Basmanny court of Moscow sent officials under house arrest until 15 January, and the President removed him from his post due to “loss of confidence”.

As reported “Interfax” immediately after arrest representatives of the UK, during the arrest, “Ulyukayev tried to reach patrons, but in vain.” After the arrest Ulyukayev, former Finance Minister and now Deputy Chairman of the Economic Council under the President of Russia Alexei Kudrin called the incident “a great tragedy” and did not rule out an error in the work of law enforcement. He also pointed out the doubtful points in the arrest of the speaker.

Doubts about the conduct of the investigation Ulyukayev expressed the head of the Council on human rights under the President of Russia (HRC) Mikhail Fedotov, who called on the authorities to declassify and disclose photographs, video and audio recordings relating to the charges of receiving bribes by the Minister. Meanwhile, in the Kremlin assured that the arrest of the speaker is not connected neither with the policy nor with the economy.

Protection Ulyukayev at the meeting of the Moscow city court called his detention illegal 28.11.2016

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