Russian minister detained over alleged $2 million bribe

2016-11-15 13:58
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Moscow - Russia's top investigative body says it has detained a long-serving Russian minister over an alleged $2 million bribe.

The Investigative Committee said in a statement early on Tuesday that Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev was detained late on Monday after he allegedly received a $2 million bribe in a sting set by the FSB, the KGB's main successor agency.

The investigators said Ulyukayev took the bribe for giving the green light to state-controlled oil giant Rosneft to take part in bidding for another oil company.

Ulyukayev, who held the post since 2013 and worked as deputy minister for many years, is a known liberal figure. He has opposed Rosneft's bidding for Bashneft, insisting that it would be wrong for a state-owned company to take part in a privatisation drive.

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