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    Russian Minister Ulyukayev Put Under House Arrest Over Bribery Accusations

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    A Moscow district court ruled on Tuesday to place Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev under house arrest in the large bribery case for two months.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Ulyukayev was officially charged with bribery on a very large scale. Ulyukayev demanded a bribe for a positive assessment of Russian energy company Rosneft's acquisition of Bashneft company's shares, according to the Russian Investigative Committee said.

    Investigators said in court they had compelling evidence against Ulyukayev, including audio and video recordings, witness accounts, as well as fingerprints on banknotes.

    The court ruled that Ulyukayev should not be allowed to take regular strolls on the street during the house arrest despite a request by his lawyer who cited the minister's health problems.

    Russia's Investigative Committee said early on Tuesday that Ulyukayev was caught in the act when taking a $2 million bribe for a positive appraisal that allowed Russian energy company Rosneft to buy the state's shares of Bashneft oil company.


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