Closing Arguments Resume In Former Russian Economy Minister’s Trial

Closing arguments in the high-profile bribery trial of former Russian Economy Minister Aleksei Ulyukayev have resumed in Moscow.
At the December 7 hearing, the prosecution again asserted that it has proved that Ulyukayev accepted $2 million in cash from Igor Sechin, the CEO of state oil company Rosneft.
Prosecutor Pavel Filipchuk said that Ulyukayev’s claims that the case was “a provocation by Sechin and Federal Security Service (FSB)” were groundless.
On December 4, when the closing arguments started, the prosecution asked the court to sentence Ulyukayev to 10 years in prison.
Ulyukayev asked the court to acquit him and urged the authorities to prosecute Sechin for what he claimed was “false reporting to law enforcement.”
Prosecutors claim that Ulyukaev accepted the $2 million on November 14, 2016, in exchange for his ministry’s approval of the sale of regional oil company Bashneft to Rosneft.

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