The Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev (second from left) at the exit of the Basmanny court
Russia’s investigative Committee commented on the statements of protection of the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev that the accusations of bribery are a provocation.
“The statement of lawyers of innocence Alexei Ulyukayev to the extended charges TFR is the expected version. Protection not original, claiming provocation even in the presence of specific traces on the fingers of the person involved,” — said the official representative of the Investigative Committee, Svetlana Petrenko (quoted by TASS).
The representative of the TFR said that the Committee has a number of “tangible evidence, including the materials of operative-investigative activities, audio and video recordings, witness statements, recorded in accordance with the requirements of the law.” While they were not disclosed in the interests of the investigation, said Petrenko.
Earlier Tuesday, Ulyukayev lawyer Timothy Gridnev in the ether Business FM said that his client pleads not guilty and the incident on November 14 in the office of “Rosneft” considers a provocation.
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On the court, which addressed the issue of election of a measure of restraint to the head of Ministry of economic development, Gridnev drew attention to the large number of contradictions in the case materials. According to Gridneva, they are not evidence that the speaker took the bribe.
Itself the speaker said the refusal to admit guilt. However, he clarified that “it is not refused, and refrained from testimony,” noting that “configured to cooperate with the investigation”.
TFR has announced the arrest of the speaker in the night of Tuesday, November 15, on suspicion in receiving a bribe of $2 million for a positive evaluation, which has allowed “Rosneft” to acquire “Bashneft”. The Agency noted that the Minister was detained when receiving a bribe of $2 million in the act. On the evening of 15 November, the Basmanny court under the petition of the investigation is sent to speaker under house arrest for two months. The source of “RIA Novosti” in law enforcement bodies reported that the investigators ‘ failure to pursue the detention of the head of Ministry of economic development is due to the inability of the premises to the camera person having access to state secrets of the highest level.