Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev, the detained the night before on charges of extortion and sent on 15 November under house arrest until mid-January.
“Putin issued a decree released from the post of speaker in connection with loss of trust”, – reported “Interfax” the press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov.
Earlier it became known that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has appointed temporarily fulfilling duties of the head of Ministry of economic development Deputy Minister Evgeny Elin. 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”, – he said.
However, as stressed by the head of the government, “within the limits established by applicable law, shall be conducted 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.
Note that, according to journalists of RBCthat refer to a source familiar with the Minister, the speaker three weeks ago put the resignation letter on the Desk of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev from-for disagreement with the fact that “Bashneft” was sold to “Rosneft”.
The source claims that it happened immediately after the completion of the transaction. According to him, the Minister did not demand any money from “Rosneft” for the issuance of permits for this deal. While the official was crushed, so he gave permission. Information about what the speaker was going to resign, reporters confirmed employee of the Ministry of economic development. “Everyone knew that he’s going to quit. Just no one expected that in this way”, – told the Agency.
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.