Former Minister of economic development of Russia Alexei Ulyukayev shortly before his arrest was proposed to reduce the state’s stake in oil company Rosneft, headed by Igor Sechin. About it reports Reuters with reference to unnamed sources.

The press service explained that the former Minister of economic development not long ago made a proposal to reduce the state stake in Rosneft below 50%. Another source of Agency from the governmental circles, confirmed that the speaker had discussed the idea with his colleagues.

The interlocutors of Western agencies recognized that the lack of evidence of a link between the arrest of the speaker on suspicion in receiving a bribe and the issue of state control of the oil company.

Experts in the oil sector, in turn, told reporters that any plans to reduce state control in “Rosneft” would lead to “weakening” the head of the company Igor Sechin.

Sechin asked to decide on the method of privatization of “Rosneft” till December 1

In the Kremlin and Rosneft have not yet responded to a request from Reuters to comment on the information received about the alleged proposal of the speaker relative to the oil companies. The investigator for particularly important cases of the novel Nesterov, who leads a criminal case against ex-Minister refused to answer journalists ‘ questions.

Reuters reported on the proposal of the speaker before the arrest to abandon state control of “Rosneft” 29.11.2016

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