“In order to prosecute, to indict and to choose a measure of restraint in respect of a person of similar rank, there are serious reasons”, — told “Interfax” the first Deputy Prosecutor General of Russia Alexander Buksman. According to him, the Prosecutor General’s office “is involved at two stages of the criminal process.” “This study of legality of the criminal case, and she agreed that the case was legitimate, all the reasons and grounds for that”, — said Buksman. In addition, “participating at the stage of preventive measure is also supported by the chosen measure of restraint,” he added.
Answering the question, how serious are the talks that “the case of the speaker — this is a provocation of operational services,” Buksman said, “the Prosecution studied all the materials that served as the material for excitation of criminal case and recognized all these reasons and the reasons legitimate and justified”.
About excitation of criminal case about extortion and receiving a bribe of $2 million against Alexei Ulyukayev, Russia’s Investigative Committee (SKR) has informed on the night of 15 November. The Minister was arrested the night before — as he said his lawyer Timofei Gridnev, in the office of “Rosneft”. According to investigators, Ulyukayev extorted money from oil companies for the positive assessment of the Ministry of economic development, allowed to purchase 50% of shares of “Bashneft”. The investigation claimed that the speaker was caught red-handed.
Basmanny court of Moscow has placed the speaker under house arrest. At the court session the speaker pleaded not guilty., and his adovcate Gridnev said that in respect of the Minister was aversana provocation. “What happened in the office of “Rosneft” provocation against the state official,” he said.
President Vladimir Putin dismissed the speaker as head of the Ministry of economic development in connection with loss of trust, hours later, as the court arrested him. On the eve of 17 November, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov ruled out the possibility of a political attack on the speaker. “As for any attacks and so on, most of it fiction,” said Sands.
Wednesday, November 16, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the beginning of the meeting, the government termed the arrest of speaker “extraordinary event”, the head of Sberbank German Gref and head “Rosnano” Anatoly Chubais has called the incident a shock.