Alexei Ulyukayev in the Basmanny court
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Protection speaker appealed for house arrest
The Kremlin has ruled out violation of the decree on the resignation of the speaker
To arrest Alexei Ulyukayev was good cause, a criminal case was opened legally, said the first Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Buksman. He ruled out provocation emergency services in the case of the former head of Ministry of economic development
“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 initiation of criminal proceedings. And she agreed that the case was legitimate, all the reasons and grounds for that”, — said Buksman. In addition, the Prosecutor participating in the court hearing on the remand, upheld the decision on house arrest, 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 did not admit his guilt. His lawyer Timofei Gridnev said earlier that the ex-Minister considers, that in respect of his office of “Rosneft” was a provocation.
President Vladimir Putin dismissed Ulyukayev 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, it is likely fabrications,” 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.