- Jul 2011
Russian Economy Minister Detained For Allegedly Taking $2 MIllion BribeRussian Economy Minister Aleksei Ulyukayev has been detained for allegedly taking a $2-million bribe to facilitate state oil giant Rosneft's takeover of Bashneft last month, the Russian Investigative Committee said on November 15.
He is the highest-ranking Russian government official to be arrested since 1991.
Ulyukayev has overseen massive government privatization, capped by regional oil firm Bashneft's $5 billion sale to state-controlled Rosneft in a controversial deal last month.
The investigative committee said Ulyukayev was detained for providing the "positive" assessment by the government that enabled Rosneft to make the purchase, in exchange for the bribe.
The committee, which reports directly to President Vladimir Putin, said the investigation would put forward charges soon.
"Ulyukayev was detained at night, immediately after interrogation," an Investigative Committee official told Reuters.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS that "this is a serious accusation," and the charges will be decided by the courts.
The criminal statute cited by the investigative committee in arresting Ulyukayev authorizes fines up to 100 times the amount of the bribe along with a ban on holding certain positions, or up to 15 years in prison.
Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and TASS
This is the same greedy asshole
who recently suggested simplifying labor laws to make it easier for employers to fire people; and raising the age for people to receive their pensions!
Ulyukaev proposes to simplify the procedures for dismissal and to raise the retirement age | Last news from Russia
The fucking irony...
FYI, it wasn't SKR (Russian Investigative Committee) who arrested him, they just investigated, it was FSB agents who brought him in.
FSB are the ones who arrest bad, corrupt bigwigs, at the level of regional Governor
and higher (as well as terrorists, serial killers, mafia bosses, and other notorious criminals; and political dissidents). That's why people fear the FSB so much: there is fucking nobody they can't touch, short of, maybe, Putin himself. Maybe... Well, he is their KGB supreme commander, ya know...
Though, this is actually the first time someone this powerful got taken down like this, someone who reported to Putin himself!
Crazy... But maybe good news: maybe Putin finally decided he truly will NOT tolerate corruption anymore, even within his own inner circle...