Kudrin expressed doubts about the fact of extortion of a bribe Ulyukaev



The head of the Center for strategic research (CSR) Alexei Kudrin considers it premature to assert the fact of extortion of a bribe by the former Minister of economic development of Russia Alexei Ulyukayev. This opinion he expressed in the program “Vesti on Saturday with Sergei Brilev” on TV channel “Russia 1”.

“My doubts that all of it could be associated with a difficult configuration of his (speaker – approx. TASS) in 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”, – he said.

In addition, Kudrin urged not to link the arrest of the speaker with his other work as Minister of economic development. So, the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov said that the former Minister has delayed the decision on the transfer of “Chechenneftekhimprom” the property of the Chechen Republic, noting that “it has now become obvious that we didn’t really know how to act to obtain the signature of Mr speaker”.

“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.

Ulyukayev was detained November 14, when receiving a bribe of $2 million for the Ministry of economic development issued a positive evaluation, which allowed Rosneft to buy back the state of 50.08% of shares of “Bashneft”, and placed under house arrest. On 15 November, Russian President dismissed him from the post of Minister in connection with loss of trust.