“Today we had filed the appeal against the decision of the Basmanny court on house arrest Alexei Valentinovich [speaker],” he said on Friday, November 18, “Interfax” the lawyer of ex-Minister of economic development Timothy Gridnev.
According to him, the defense asked the appellate court — the Moscow city court to cancel the decision on house arrest of the speaker and elect him a more lenient preventive measure.
On 15 November the Investigative Committee of Russia (SKR) has informed on detention of the speaker and the charges against him of extortion and receiving a bribe in the amount of $2 million According to investigators, the Minister got the money for economic development issued a positive evaluation, which has allowed “Rosneft” to acquire the government’s stake in Bashneft.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Basmanny court placed the speaker under house arrest for two months.
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin by his decree dismissed the speaker from his post in connection with loss of trust.