Moscow: Russian Economy Minister Alexey Ulyukaev has been detained and is under investigation on suspicions of bribery.
Ulyukaev is being probed for allegedly having received $2 million that led to a positive conclusion, allowing Rosneft oil company to buy Bashneft, the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The Main Investigations Directorate for High Priority Cases of the Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal investigation of Ulyukaev,” the statement said.
“The investigation is linked to Alexey Ulyukaev having received on November 14, 2016, $2 million dollars for the positive appraisal given by the Economy Ministry, which allowed Rosneft to buy 50% of Bashneft shares,” the Investigative Committee added.
The committee also said that Rosneft representatives were coerced, threatened into giving a bribe.
According to the Investigative Committee, Ulyukaev was arrested at the moment of receiving a bribe.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has commented on the situation, saying that the accusations against the economy minister are very serious.