The Moscow city court left Alexei Ulyukayev under house arrest

Ex-Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev in the Basmanny court. 15 Nov 2016

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The Moscow city court rejected the appeal Alexei Ulyukayev and left the former Minister is under house arrest. During the meeting, the lawyers Ulyukayev has accused the FSB of abuse of power during detention official

Moscow city court upholds Alexei Ulyukayev under house arrest, the correspondent of RBC from the courtroom. The ex-Minister of economic development will be located in the residential complex “Golden keys-2” on the streets of Minsk.

During the hearings the lawyer of speaker Timothy Gridnev has complained that the FSB has exceeded the powers at detention of the official. The car speaker was blocked by security officers at the exit site, where the office of “Rosneft”, said the lawyer.

“The speaker was detained by unauthorized persons in violation of the law. As follows from the Protocol to 17 hours 30 minutes the car of the Minister was blocked by the FSB. Mr Ulyukayev within six hours illegally detained, not knowing what the status of it is. Criminal case at the time was not yet instituted. From this point, the speaker has lost the ability to move and actions. And only two hours the night he became a suspect. At 6:20 and began the questioning in the absence of lawyers” — said the defender. According to him, the law enforcement agencies violated the personal integrity of the speaker and his right to freedom of movement.

Gridnev said that if the measure remains unchanged, he requested to be allowed to his principal to communicate with the press. Thus, the ex-Minister would like to give a telephone interview to radio station “Echo of Moscow”.

The speaker was arrested on 14 November. He was accused of receiving a bribe in especially large amount (part 6, item 290 of the criminal code). “We are talking about extortion, coupled with threats in the address of representatives of “Rosneft”, said the representative of the Investigative Committee of Russia Svetlana Petrenko. According to her, the speaker promised to representatives of the oil companies continue to create obstacles for their activities.

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According to the TFR, Ulyukayev was handed $2 million for a positive assessment of the transaction on purchase of “Bashneft”, “Rosneft”. Exactly how the speaker got the money, it is not known. “Novaya Gazeta”, citing its sources, and two source of RBC in the FSB claim that $2 million was placed in a Bank cell, however, the speaker money not withdrawn. TFR insists that the speaker was caught red-handed. Information about the banking unit in the Department called “based on nothing fantasies and speculation.”

Gridnev said that his client pleads not guilty. “Mr Ulyukayev believes that what happened in the office of “Rosneft”, it is a provocation against the state official,” said Gridnev. The official during the meeting of the Basmanny court, which determined the measure of restraint, stated that it refrains from testifying, and does not abandon them. He also told about the readiness to cooperate with the investigation.

The speaker was the development of the law enforcement agencies not less than one year, said the interlocutor of RBC familiar with the investigation. In this case of privatization of “Bashneft” became known only in February 2016, and on the possible participation of “Rosneft” — more later. Operational support of the case is engaged in the FSB, but not without the help of Rosneft.

According to “Novaya Gazeta” and the two interlocutors of RBC in the intelligence service, surveillance of the ex-Minister was held on the initiative of the head of the security service of the oil company Oleg Feoktistov. Until August 2016, he served as first Deputy chief of management of own safety (USB) the FSB.

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