CEO of “Rosneft” Igor Sechin was personally involved in the preparation of the planned law enforcement operation to arrest the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev, reports Reuters, citing two unnamed sources.
According to interlocutors of Agency, Sechin himself agreed with Ulyukaev on the evening meeting at office “Rosneft” and was present during the transfer to the Minister large amounts of cash.
Reuters sources declined to disclose their names, citing the fact he was not authorized to discuss the “case speaker” publicly, and the Agency is not yet able to confirm their statements. The investigative Committee (SKR) on request, Reuters said.
Press Secretary of “Rosneft” Mikhail Leontyev said: “We do not comment on ongoing investigations. It is the prerogative of law enforcement agencies in the investigation.”
Ulyukayev lawyer Timothy Gridnev has not yet answered the question.
A source close to one of the “daughters” of “Rosneft”, earlier it was told that Sechin might personally call Ulyukayev at a meeting to mark the successful conclusion of the privatization package 50.08% of shares of “Bashneft”. Probably Sechin has called the Minister on phone after which he went to the office of “Rosneft”, the source added, stressing that this is only version.
The speaker was arrested on the night of 15 November 2016. The TFR then said that the Minister was detained when receiving a bribe of $2 million, which he solicited for the issuance of economic development is a positive conclusion, allowing Rosneft to buy out state-owned package of shares of “Bashneft”.
Itself the speaker pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer Timofei Gridnev claimed that the ex-Minister considers the incident as a provocation.
November 15, 2017, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin has signed the decree about the dismissal of the speaker from the post of head of economic development in connection with loss of trust. In the traditional “big press conference” head of state
said he with Ulyukaev after his arrest, did not speak, but gathered law enforcement materials considers sufficient for removal from office. At the same time, Putin urged not to make preliminary conclusions on the case because it is “inappropriate and harmful”.