The government has described as “nonsense” reports of a nervous atmosphere

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The government is working normally while the arrest of Alexei Ulyukayev was “quite shocking”, said the Minister for open government Mikhail Abyzov. According to him, the reports of nervous atmosphere in the Cabinet is “nonsense”

Reports of nervous sentiment in the government in connection with the arrest of ex-Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev are “nonsense”. This was stated to journalists at the all-Russian civil forum (OGF) the Minister for open government Mikhail Abyzov, the correspondent of RBC.

“Absolute nonsense. The government is working absolutely fine,” said Abyzov.

The government, he said, “very painful” took the situation with Ulyukaev. This is a “serious shock” to the Cabinet of Ministers, “nothing positive there,” added the Minister.

At the same time, and the staff of the Ministry of economic development, and government in General are doing their job normally, he concluded.

On the eve of the Agency Reuters with reference to sources in the Russian government said that the arrest of the speaker has created “feverish atmosphere” among the members of the Cabinet. According to interlocutors of the Agency, officials do not exclude new arrests. One of the sources even drew a parallel with the “purges” in the USSR, which “often ended in shootings and to the camps”.

Source Reuters also noted that rapid development Ulyukayev lasted for almost a year, and this, according to him, provides additional grounds for concern. Another interviewee suggested that even in case of withdrawal from the civil service immunity from arrest the officials will not.

The concern of government officials is partly due to the fact that the speaker was arrested at the office of “Rosneft”, said the source Reuters Thus, according to them, was “sent a signal that the prosecution [the speaker] was assisted by [the head of the company Igor] Sechin”.

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The speaker was arrested on 14 November on charges of extortion and receiving a bribe in the amount of $2 million from Rosneft for the positive assessment of the Ministry of economic development, which has allowed the company to acquire the government’s stake in Bashneft. The investigative Committee of Russia (TFR) says that the Minister, who was later dismissed from his post in connection with loss of trust, took the act.

Itself the speaker did not recognize his guilt and believes that the office of “Rosneft” against it there was a provocation. 16 November Moscow’s Basmanny court placed the speaker under house arrest for two months.

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