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    Ex-Russian Economic Development Minister Arrives in Court for Hearing

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    Former Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev on Tuesday morning arrived at Basmanny District Court of Moscow, which will consider a request made by investigators to extend his house arrest, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The defendant came to court accompanied by an employee of the Federal Penitentiary Service, who controls his movement under the house arrest.

    On Monday, the group of investigators probing the bribery case of former minister asked to prolong the house arrest of the defendant until April 15.

    Russia's Investigative Committee said on November 15 that Ulyukayev was caught in the act of taking a $2-million bribe for a positive appraisal that allowed Russian energy company Rosneft to buy the state's shares of the Bashneft oil company.

    Ulyukayev has been charged with taking the bribe and extortion, and placed under house arrest until January 15. Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed Ulyukayev from the post citing lack of confidence. The ex-minister has not admitted his guilt.

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