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Russia: Ulyukayev case is 'beyond my understanding' - Medvedev01:43

Russia: Ulyukayev case is 'beyond my understanding' - Medvedev

Russian Federation, Moscow
November 15, 2016 at 19:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev commented on the case of Alexei Ulyukayev in Moscow on Tuesday, stating that the situation was tough for "both for the authorities and the government," adding that the case is "beyond my understanding." The Prime Minister was speaking at an event for the United Russian party.

Medvedev insisted that there be a "thorough investigation of the incident within the framework of existing legislation" and that this event showed that "none of the authorities neither minister nor deputy or governor or any other public servant has immunity when committing corruption crimes." "In other words everyone, including senior officials can be prosecuted for such misconduct" he said.

Ulyukaev was arrested on Monday night by the officers from the Investigative Committee as he is suspected of accepting a $2 million (€1,863,559). According to investigators, he received the money after his ministry had approved the deal on Rosneft's takeover of the major regional oil company Bashneft. As a result, Rosneft could acquire the state's stake in Bashneft.

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev commented on the case of Alexei Ulyukayev in Moscow on Tuesday, stating that the situation was tough for "both for the authorities and the government," adding that the case is "beyond my understanding." The Prime Minister was speaking at an event for the United Russian party.

Medvedev insisted that there be a "thorough investigation of the incident within the framework of existing legislation" and that this event showed that "none of the authorities neither minister nor deputy or governor or any other public servant has immunity when committing corruption crimes." "In other words everyone, including senior officials can be prosecuted for such misconduct" he said.

Ulyukaev was arrested on Monday night by the officers from the Investigative Committee as he is suspected of accepting a $2 million (€1,863,559). According to investigators, he received the money after his ministry had approved the deal on Rosneft's takeover of the major regional oil company Bashneft. As a result, Rosneft could acquire the state's stake in Bashneft.

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