“My doubts that all of it could be associated with a difficult configuration [speaker] talking on the territory of “Rosneft”. In fact, it is not accepted, even can’t imagine this, to a Minister with such a powerful man with the authority, as Sechin, could behave this way”, — Kudrin said in the program “Vesti on Saturday with Sergei Brilev” on TV channel “Russia 1” (quoted by TASS).
Kudrin also urged not to link the arrest of the speaker with his other work as Minister of economic development. “People like the Minister of economic development, take many decisions that are not always convenient. I don’t think now we need this theme to weave in the current context”, — said Kudrin.
The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov wrote in his Instagram that the speaker impeded the process of transferring “Chechenneftekhimprom” the property of the Republic. According to Kadyrov, “the letters there is a resolution of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, there is a positive conclusion of a legal assignment, but the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev, now former, hindered the decision without any justification”
Earlier Kudrin said that he “questions remain” about the nature of the charge and role of Rosneft in the case of the speaker.”Until we get all the explanations, we do not feel, how open and how solid these charges are. We know that the law enforcement agencies we may be mistaken”, — said Kudrin the day of the arrest of the speaker on November 15. He also noted that the arrest of ex-head of Ministry of economic development is dramatic for the government and casts a shadow on the Cabinet.
The speaker was arrested on 14 November at the office of “Rosneft” on charges of extortion and receiving a bribe of $2 million for the positive assessment issued by the Ministry of economic development of Rosneft to buy stake in Bashneft. In SKR say that the Minister, whose rapid development was conducted about a year, took the act.
The head of “RUSNANO” Anatoly Chubais has called the incident an “absolute shock.” According to him, “is to listen to both sides,” but “other-while we are generally not heard.” The head of Sberbank German Gref also has told about a state of shock after the arrest of the speaker, having refused detailed comments.
Itself the speaker, placed under house arrest, pleads not guilty. As said Ulyukayev lawyer Timofei Gridnev said his client believes that against him as a government official there was a provocation. Prosecutors, in turn, excluded the provocation of operational services in respect of the Minister. The Department argued that the arrest of the Minister was a good reason.