Ex-Russian minister jailed for 8 years over $2 million bribe

Ex-Russian minister jailed for 8 years over $2 million bribe

Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky Court on Friday sentenced former Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev to eight years in a high-security prison for taking a $2-million bribe from Rosneft head Igor Sechin.

State prosecutors had urged the court to sentence Ulyukayev to 10 years behind bars and a maximum $8.5 million fine.

Sechin told investigators that Ulyukayev had demanded the bribe in return for backing a controversial deal in which Rosneft acquired a stake in Bashneft, another state-run oil group.

Ulyukayev, who became economic development minister in 2013, was arrested at Rosneft's headquarters past year after being handed a bag containing $2 million by Sechin, who had asked security forces to set up a sting.

Ulyukayev denied the charges, calling them a provocation set up by Sechin, arguing that a person would have to be insane to extort a bride from the powerful Sechin.

Sechin is widely seen as the main champion of the opposite view, that the state should consolidate its grip, particularly over the energy sector that provides a large share of Russia's state revenue through its two biggest companies, Rosneft and Gazprom.


Ulyukayev was taken into custody in the courtroom.

According to Alexey Cherepanov, who formerly worked with Ulyukayev during his own days in the Ministry of Finance, the former minister "offended a friend of Putin" and was "no longer of use to Putin's team".

In wire tapes played out to the court at the trial, Sechin was heard telling Ulyukayev to also take a basket of sausage.

Now Sechin, a former deputy chief of government and a close confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was the prosecution's key witness in the case. The defense alleged that Ulyukayev accepted a bag with cash thinking it was filled with wine and sausages. The verdict says that Sechin "agreed with the unlawful claim of Ulyukaev", but then turned to the law enforcement bodies.

While Ulyukayev expected a guilty verdict in his trial, the severe penalty was a surprise.

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