Machine Alexei Ulyukayev, at that time held the post of Minister of economic development, were blocked by the FSB at the exit site, where the office of Rosneft, said during the hearing in Moscow city court, his lawyer Timofei Gridnev. The court on Monday is considering the appeal of protection on house arrest of the former Minister.
“The speaker was detained by unauthorized persons in violation of the law. As follows from the Protocol to 17 hours 30 minutes the car of the Minister was blocked by the FSB. Mr Ulyukayev within six hours illegally detained by the FSB, not knowing what the status of it is. Criminal case at the time was not yet instituted. From this point, the speaker has lost the ability to move and actions. And only two hours the night he became a suspect,” — said the lawyer.
The speaker was arrested on 14 November. He was accused of receiving a bribe in especially large amount (part 6, item 290 of the criminal code). “We are talking about extortion, coupled with threats in the address of representatives of “Rosneft”, said the representative of the Investigative Committee of Russia Svetlana Petrenko. According to her, the speaker promised to representatives of the oil companies continue to create obstacles for their activities.
According to the TFR, Ulyukayev was handed $2 million for a positive assessment of the transaction on purchase of “Bashneft”, “Rosneft”. Exactly how the speaker got the money, it is not known. “Novaya Gazeta”, citing its sources, and two of the interlocutor in FSB say that $2 million was placed in a Bank cell, however, the speaker money not withdrawn. TFR insists that the speaker was caught red-handed. Information about the banking unit in the Department called “based on nothing fantasies and speculation.”
Gridnev said that his client pleads not guilty. “Mr Ulyukayev believes that what happened in the office of “Rosneft”, it is a provocation against the state official,” said Gridnev. The official during the meeting of the Basmanny court, which determined the measure of restraint, stated that it refrains from testifying, and does not abandon them. He also told about the readiness to cooperate with the investigation.
The speaker was the development of the law enforcement agencies not less than one year, said the source familiar with the investigation. In this case of privatization of “Bashneft” became known only in February 2016, and on the possible participation of “Rosneft” — more later. Operational support of the case is engaged in the FSB, but not without the help of Rosneft.
According to “Novaya Gazeta” and the two interlocutors in the intelligence service, surveillance of the ex-Minister was held on the initiative of the head of the security service of the oil company Oleg Feoktistov. Until August 2016, he served as first Deputy chief of management of own safety (USB) the FSB.
The FSB had bugged the phone of the speaker with the summer of 2016, so the intelligence officers were able to hear his threats when discussing privatization of “Bashneft”, noted the representative of the UK Svetlana Petrenko. “During the arrest the speaker was trying to get patrons, but in vain,” she said. What about the patrons in question, Petrenko said.
As reported “Rosbalt”, the former head of Ministry of economic development before his detention, allegedly complained to the President of a major state Bank that he and his staff expeditiously worked on the documentation for the privatization of “Rosneft” shares “Bashneft”, but received no thanks.