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RBC: the court sentenced the speaker to 8 years of strict regime

Banki.ru: monitoring of the banking press 15.12.2017 at 11:17

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The Court sentenced the former Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev, to eight years in colony of strict regime. His guilt in receiving bribes from the head of "Rosneft" Igor Sechin fully proved, decided the judge.

the Zamoskvoretsky court of Moscow sentenced the former Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev to 8 years of colony of strict regime. This decision was made by the judge Larisa Semenova, the correspondent of RBC from the courtroom.

Ulyukayev also sentenced to a fine, one — time bribe- 130,4 mln. in addition, he was deprived of the right to occupy the civil service positions for eight years after release. After the announcement of the sentence the speaker has withdrawn from the courtroom, while the judge continued reading the verdict. The prosecution failed to prove the guilt of the speaker in receiving a bribe of $2 million from the head of "Rosneft" Igor Sechin, considered the judge. Earlier, the Prosecutor, Boris Neporozhny requested speaker for 10 years in a strict regime colony and a fine of five times the size of the bribe is 500 million rubles.

Before the announcement of the sentence, the judge also said that evidence of incitement or "any provocative actions" in the behavior of the Sechin operatives and "not seen." At sentencing from Semenova took more than two hours.

the Court disagreed with defense arguments about the "artificial creation by the FSB at the crime scene" and that the speaker at the time of receiving bags of money don't quite understand what was happening, said Semyonov. Signs of provocation or false denunciation of the actions of Sechin the court also found.

"on 15 October at the BRICS summit in Goa the speaker "chose to use the substance and credibility of his office" and demanded that Sechin, a bribe of $2 million, acting from mercenary considerations, intentionally," was read by the judge. While the speaker said Sechin, in the case of non-compliance with its requirements will prevent further activities of "Rosneft", the verdict.

the Main witness at the trial had to be Sechin, however, he did not come to the meeting on the agenda. To read his written testimony the judge did not. The basis of the conviction were based on the testimony of the FSB General Oleg Feoktistov, who oversaw the rapid development of the speaker and personally present in the office of "Rosneft" on November 14, 2016, on the day of transfer of marked money to the Minister.

the Privatization of "Bashneft"

Ulyukayev was caught red-handed in the evening of November 14, 2016 in the office of "Rosneft", where he received a bribe of $2 million for a positive evaluation, which allowed Rosneft to acquire the stake of Bashneft in the amount of 50 percent, said the Investigative Committee. 15 Nov Ulyukayev was arrested on the same day, President Vladimir Putin fired him in connection with loss of trust.

During the preliminary investigation it was known that Ulyukayev is charged with receiving a bribe from the representative of "Rosneft". That money was handed over personally by the head of the company Sechin, became known only in court — when the Prosecutor Boris Neporozhny read the indictment in the case. According to the version of state charge, the speaker asked the head of "Rosneft" money at the BRICS summit in the state of Goa.

the Process of the redemption of shares of "Bashneft" began in February of 2016, when Vladimir Putin ordered to prepare the privatization of several state-owned companies. After "Rosneft" in the letter "VTB Capital" has expressed interest in buying a stake in Bashneft, Vice-President Arkady Dvorkovich instructed the Ministry of economic development to compile a report with study of the scripts of the transaction. When the draft was brought to the signature Ulyukayev, he struck out a few paragraphs. They concerned whether to participate in the deal "Rosneft", which itself was in the process of privatization, told the court the prosecution witnesses — an employee of the Ministry of economic development Oksana Tarasenko and head of Rosimuschestvo Dmitry Pristanskov.

In the same period, Ulyukayev said in an interview for the media that doesn't consider participation in the Rosneft deal, because it is indirectly controlled by the state.In Goa between Ulyukayev and Sechin held a short conversation in the hotel lobby for a game of pool. During the meeting, the Minister "gesture with two fingers" demanded the head of "Rosneft" a bribe of $2 million as a "prize" for successfully completed transaction, you should from a position of state charge. The fact of such conversation confirmed to the court Manager of the security service of "Rosneft" Vadim Derevyagin and Life reporter Alexander Yunashev. However, no gestures, and other suspicious activity they are, in their words, not seen.

the Role of Feoktistov

after returning from Goa Sechin has told about this conversation to the Vice-President of "Rosneft" for security Oleg Feoktistov. He worked at the Corporation from September 2016, as the current General of the FSB. Feoktistov is considered one of the most powerful Russian security forces; he oversaw the rapid development of the interior Ministry General Denis Sugrobova, billionaire Dmitry Mikhalchenko, the governors Belykh, Alexander Khoroshavin, Vyacheslav Gayzer. The court in the case of the speaker Feoktistov was questioned behind closed doors, first appeared in public. The testimony of General told in his speech in the debate, the Prosecutor Boris Neporozhny.

the General and the head of "Rosneft" has made an application to the head of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov and adopted the decision on the operational experiment. Feoktistov got the money from a "private investor": as found RBC, the General called a man named Valery Mikhailov — employee company affiliated with Rosneft.

Notes-General brought to the Lubyanka, where they were processed by special-composition and placed in a massive leather bag with a lock. The key to it Feoktistov put in an envelope and placed in the pocket Sechin.

on the day of transfer of money the General was in the office of "Rosneft". He personally heard on the landline phone Sechin called the speaker and arranged a meeting with him (in this case from the records, that Sechin called Ulyukayev). The transfer bags of money Ulyukayev General also personally watched, from his testimony, retold Neporozhny.

the Bag of money lay under a tree in the yard of the office of "Rosneft". Transmission Sechin was accompanied by the words, that "the mission is accomplished", and "volume raised". Ulyukayev, no questions asked, took Sechin bag myself with the help of his driver put her in the trunk of his official car, to the video surveillance in the office of "Rosneft", as well as from the testimony of the driver of the former Minister Ilya Makarov.

After a brief conversation in the office Sechin also presented Ulyukayev basket with their signature sausages, these materials. Sausage varieties "Jaeger", "South Tyrol", "salami mediterrano" and the other was later destroyed by the decision of the Basmanny court of Moscow.

the Solution synergy

Ulyukayev considers testimony Sechin and Feoktistova slander, and the case was the result of provocation. To demand bribes after the completion of the transaction, according to the speaker, it would be absurd and his persecution connected with Sechin's desire to "eliminate criticism." So, after his arrest the state package of "Rosneft" was privatized at a much lower price than expected. This nullified a synergistic effect, which is calculated on the country's leadership decided to allow the Corporation before the privatization of "Bashneft", pointed out the accused.

the Opinion on inexpediency of participation of Rosneft in the transaction for the privatization of "Bashneft" Ulyukayev expressed as a specialist in Economics, but not as the head of the office; really affect the course of privatization of "Bashneft" the speaker on his own initiative tried, he told the court. Moreover, a similar judgment was expressed by Vice-premiers Arkady Dvorkovich and Igor Shuvalov, presidential aide Andrei Belousov, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak and other senior officials, said the accused.

the Moment with "gesture with two fingers," Ulyukayev court interpreted as: "[In Goa] Sechin said that we did a good job with the preparation of this transaction and I must be worthy to celebrate. He threw the tiny "hole" in my jacket, alluding to the submission to the state awards", — he said. "I'll buy you a drink this wine, what you never tried. You deserve it for good work" — quoted Ulyukayev, the head of "Rosneft". Sechin and the Minister agreed to meet in Moscow in both convenient time to discuss the privatization of "Rosneft".

a month Later, Sechin himself called him to his office, said the speaker: "I was uncomfortable, I had appointed a meeting, but in the end I agreed", — told the accused. There in the courtyard of the office of the Corporation the speaker received a bag of cash.

the Ex-Minister argues that the word "order" he understood as referring to the order of the President, associated with the privatization of Rosneft.

And the word "volume" — the involvement of "Rosneft" money for the balance to repurchase shares: the company had to raise €10 billion (then one of the options of privatization of "Rosneft" was savvycom). "When Sechin pointed out to me a massive bag, I remembered his words about wine, which I never tried," continued the speaker. He was sure that the head of "Rosneft" gave him wine as a "gesture of hospitality and friendship." The judge Semenov during the sentencing, noted that "the argument that he [the speaker] thought that in the bag, the wine, the court shall consider as a way of protection".

after these events, the speaker was arrested. The FSB has blocked his vehicle, he took swabs from hands, asked with a key to open the bag and took from her $2 million in cash. Early on the morning of 15 November, Ulyukayev was taken away for questioning to the Investigative Committee.

the Last word

7 Dec Ulyukayev acted in court with last word. "This is an amazing result: it is first the victim becomes a witness, and then eventually losing even that status turns into an imaginary witness, who, having got lost somewhere in the expanses between Khanty-Mansiysk and Rome, it was dissolved. As dissolved as dissolved notorious synergistic effect for the budget from the acquisition by Rosneft of shares of the company "Bashneft". Disappeared, but the smell of sulphur in the air left," said the accused, referring to Sechin failing to appear in court.

"This process has aroused great interest of the audience, he looks like a circus. This middle-aged, retirement age Gladiator cardboard sword shrugs off such very real guns, and the audience in comfortable chairs watching, preparing finger down, finger up, asks: how is it on the court? What he's looking at, what period of time will get? But already has long been said: ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee. He may ring at any of the spectators," — said Ulyukayev.

In his speech, he apologized to the Russians for having "too many compromises, chose the easy way, career and well-being often preferred to uphold the principles." "When I get in trouble, you begin to understand how hard it is to actually live people, what injustice they face. And when you have everything in order, you shamefully turn away from human misery," concluded the accused.

Margarita ALEKHINA