Reports of nervous sentiment in the government in connection with the arrest of ex-Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev are “nonsense”. This was stated to journalists at the all-Russian civil forum (OGF) the Minister for Open government Mikhail Abyzov, reports .
“Absolute nonsense. The government is working absolutely fine,” said Abyzov.
The government, he said, “very painful” took the situation with Ulyukaev. This is a “serious shock” to the Cabinet of Ministers, “nothing positive there,” added the Minister.
At the same time, and the staff of the Ministry of economic development, and government in General are doing their job normally, he concluded.
On the eve of the Agency Reuters with reference to sources in the Russian government said that the arrest of the speaker has created “feverish atmosphere” among the members of the Cabinet. According to interlocutors of the Agency, officials do not exclude new arrests. One of the sources even drew a parallel with the “amazing” in the Soviet Union, which “often ended in shootings and to the camps”.
Source Reuters also noted that rapid development Ulyukayev lasted for almost a year, and this, according to him, provides additional grounds for concern. Another interviewee suggested that even in case of withdrawal from the civil service immunity from arrest the officials will not.
The concern of government officials is partly due to the fact that the speaker was arrested at the office of “Rosneft”, said the source Reuters Thus, according to them, was “sent a signal that the prosecution [the speaker] was assisted by [the head of the company Igor] Sechin”.