In the Kremlin do not see the reason for the resignation of the government Dmitry Medvedev over the arrest of the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev, who is accused of receiving bribes in the amount of $2 million, said press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.
“In this case, it is absurd to talk about a collective responsibility,” he said (quoted by “Interfax”). According to Peskov, it is “about the personal accusations, which in themselves are not grounds for the recognition of a Minister or just an individual corrupt or guilty.”
The representative of the Kremlin said that President Vladimir Putin was informed about the investigative actions in relation to these problems from the very beginning of its development, and exchanged information about what is happening with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, reports TASS. “Clearly, the investigating authorities put forward very serious accusations that require very careful consideration and very weighty evidence. In any case, this evidence may recognize as significant, and speaker — guilty by the court,” he said.
In the night of Tuesday, November 15, the Investigative Committee of Russia (TFR) has reported the arrest of Alexei Ulyukayev, head of the Ministry of economic development since 2013. On Tuesday afternoon, Raman said that Ulyukayev is charged with receiving a bribe with extortion in especially large size. According to investigators, the Minister asked the representative of “Rosneft” a bribe for the issuance of a positive conclusion and evaluation in the agreement for the acquisition of the controlling stake of “Bashneft”, this threatened to further impede the company’s activities. Representatives of “Rosneft” has addressed in law enforcement bodies, after which on 14 November, the speaker was caught red-handed when receiving a bribe in the amount of $2 million, said the TFR.
The investigation stated that he had asked the court to place the head of Ministry of economic development under house arrest. A petition on Tuesday will consider Basmanny court of Moscow.