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    The hearing of Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky court on criminal case of former Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev, charged with bribery, will begin on August 8, according to a court’s spokeswoman.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky court will begin on August 8 hearings in the case of former Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev, charged with bribery, a court’s spokeswoman told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    "The hearing on criminal case with respect to defendant Ulyukayev will begin on August 8," the spokeswoman said.

    The spokeswoman added that preliminary hearings on the case would be held behind the closed doors.

    Ulyukayev, 61, has been charged with extorting a $2-million bribe from state oil company Rosneft, in the first ever corruption case involving a federal minister. Ulyukayev, who denies his guilt, is facing up to 15 years in prison.

    The Investigative Committee said in November that Ulyukayev was caught in the act of accepting 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.


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