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RT.com, Nov 15, 2016

Russian Economy Minister Aleksey Ulyukayev has been officially accused of taking bribes and extortion on a large scale, the Russian Investigative Committee has stated.

Ulyukayev reportedly demanded a bribe for granting a positive conclusion and assessment of transaction on the acquisition of Bashneft by Russia’s top oil company Rosneft. He was caught red-handed when receiving the bribe. Read more Minister of Economic Development Aleksey Ulyukayev. © Sergey Guneev Russia’s economy minister detained, investigated over alleged $2mn bribe linked to big oil deal

According to the Investigative Committee, Ulyukayev threatened he would use the leverage provided by his ministerial post to hinder Rosneft’s operations. Rosneft representatives reported Ulyukayev’s alleged actions to the committee.

“Thanks to the Rosneft representatives’ timely address to law enforcement authorities with a statement about the economy minister’s illegal actions, he was caught red-handed on November 14 this year, while receiving a bribe of U.S.$2 million,” Svetlana Petrenko, deputy head of the Investigative Committee, said in a statement.

Russian investigators have asked the court to order the house arrest of Ulyukayev, Svetlana Petrenko, deputy head of the Investigative Committee, RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday. “The investigation is seeking house arrest of the Economy Minister, Aleksey Ulyukayev,” Petrenko said according to RIA.

Ulyukayev has been under investigation by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) for over a year, a source earlier told RIA Novosti. If proven guilty, he faces a maximum penalty of a fine ranging from 80 to 100 times the sum of the bribe. He can also be stripped of the right to serve in state positions for up to 15 years.

Alternatively, he may face from eight to 15 years behind bars and possibly a fine of 70 times the sum of the bribe.

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