Putin called the arrest of speaker “a sad fact”

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin at the APEC summit in Peru

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Russian President Vladimir Putin called the arrest of the former Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev sad fact, however, indicated that this event will not affect the acquisition of “Bashneft”

Speaking on the results of the APEC summit in Lima, Putin called the case of speaker “a sad fact”, but stressed that the authorities will continue to have zero tolerance to such practices as corruption, informs the Agency “RIA Novosti”.

“Everyone should know – and our partners, and within the country – we all should understand and know that regardless of the official position of someone else, the law is applied equally to all”, – said Putin. According to him, such actions of law enforcement bodies does not harm the business climate, but only strengthen it.

Regarding the new head of the MAYOR, the Russian President said that “at least three or four candidates is”. Putin expressed the hope that the next Minister will announce shortly after his return from Lima. “We finally will deal with this point, and will deliver,” added the head of state.

Putin stressed that the story Ulyukaev, can not affect the transaction on acquisition “Rosneft” “Bashneft”. “Moreover, we expect sinergetichesky the effect will be significant,” he added.

“The next step is the privatization of Rosneft. This is a direct privatization of state property. We therefore in this sense does not abandon its original plans for privatization deals,” said Putin.

About the detention of Alexei Ulyukayev became known on the night of November 15. The next day, the Basmanny court put him under house arrest on charges of extortion and receiving $2 million for a positive decision on the privatization of shares of “Bashneft”.

On 15 November the speaker was removed from the post of the head of the MAYOR, President with the wording for “loss of confidence”

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