Before the court decision cannot be considered a corrupt ex-Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev. This opinion was expressed to journalists the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on poll VTSIOM, according to which Russians tend to consider the arrest of the former official in the fight against corruption and settling of scores.
“As speaker, until the court case with Ulyukaev cannot be classified as corruption. I would like to repeat, until the judgment of any one person, in this case, especially the former Minister Ulyukayev cannot be called corrupt. This can be done only by the court,” – said Peskov.
A Kremlin spokesman also added that to answer the question of why public opinion is in favour of a retired Minister, you can only do sociologists. “They have the explanation of certain results,” he said. This Peskov stressed that, based on completed cases, we can say: “the fight against corruption is planned, is purposeful, active and at a variety of levels.”
Earlier, the Kremlin claimed that the arrest of the speaker is not connected neither with the policy nor with the economy.
During the survey conducted by the Russian centre for public opinion studies (VTSIOM) on 19-20 November, more than half of respondents expressed the view that the arrest of the speaker indicative of action. That this arrest was a settling of accounts or conflict rival clans, believe 54% of respondents. Signs of a real struggle of the authorities with bribery in the incident saw 30% of study participants.
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”.
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. And the head of the Council on human rights under the President of the Russian Federation Mikhail Fedotov called on the authorities to publish the pictures, video and audio recordings relating to the charges of receiving bribes by the Minister.