Ulyukayev's corruption trial to begin tomorrow

Ulyukayev's corruption trial to begin tomorrow

The trial of former Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev, who is accused of taking a bribe of $2 million, will begin at the Zamoskvoretsky District Court of Moscow on August 8, the court's press secretary Emilia Khil said.

She recalled that the meeting would be held behind closed doors, TASS reported.

During the preliminary hearing the court is expected to decide on the petitions of the parties and set a date for consideration on the merits. The court will also decide how the trial will be conducted - in open court or behind closed doors.

Russia’s Investigative Committee charged Ulyukaev under Part 6 of Article 290 of Russia’s Criminal Code ("Taking a bribe by a person holding public office in the RF, in a particularly large amount").

Detention of the federal minister took place on November 14, 2016. According to the Investigative Committee, Ulyukayev was detained on receiving a bribe of $2 mln. The bribe was given for the ministry’s positive expertise in privatization of Bashneft oil company. That allowed Rosneft to buy out 50.08% of Bashneft shares from the state. Moreover, according to the investigation, the case concerns extortion coupled with threats to representatives of Rosneft.