“We have officially stated that in a criminal case one defendant and one episode. All other information about methods of committing crimes, the number of defendants and episodes, investigative activities and the development time is untrue”, — said the official representative of the Investigative Committee of Russia Svetlana Petrenko. False information, she said, “is entirely on the conscience of those editions which use unfair, uninformed and incompetent sources” (statement posted on the website of the TFR).
Alexei Ulyukayev, was detained on Monday evening, November 14. In the night of Tuesday, the TFR has stated that the Ministry had solicited a bribe of $2 million for a positive evaluation of the transaction “Rosneft” on privatization of shares of “Bashneft”. On Tuesday afternoon, the Basmanny court of Moscow has accepted the decision on house arrest of the speaker, and in the evening, President Vladimir Putin fired him from the post of Minister in connection with loss of trust. The speaker himself is not guilty, and his lawyer Timofei Gridnev called the incident a provocation.
That in a criminal case speaker can be new players, on Wednesday morning, reported the Agency “Interfax” and “RIA Novosti”.
The source of “RIA Novosti” in law enforcement bodies assumed that the number of defendants could grow to seven. “Most likely, in the near future in the framework of this criminal case will be involved a variety of officials. These criminal schemes are not done “in one”. While we are talking about what can be brought to seven new faces” — quoted Agency of his companion.
The source of “Interfax”, “familiar with the situation” said that “in this resonant criminal case, it is possible, there will be new defendants”, without specifying their number. According to the interlocutor of Agency, “it could happen in the near future.”
TASS wrote that although in the figures only the speaker, at the same time “is established and the involvement of other persons to illegal acts”, including officials from the Ministry of economic development.
Earlier the newspaper “Vedomosti” in the article on the detention and arrest of the speaker, reported that in addition to his early development could be Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, presidential aide Andrei Belousov, Director of the Department of economic development Oksana Tarasenko and assistant Igor Shuvalov Marina Romanova.
Commenting on this publication, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that “this is a question that needs asking — is this true — the investigating authorities”. “From the Kremlin we can’t answer these questions”, — said Peskov.