Russia’s economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev has been detained over a $2-million bribe allegedly received for a “positive” assessment, which led to oil producer Rosneft acquiring a 50 percent stake in Bashneft , the country’s Investigative Committee said on Tuesday.
Ulyukayev, who was appointed economy minister in 2013, is the highest-ranked Russian statesman arrested since the failed coup in 1991.
“This is about extortion of a bribe from Rosneft representatives accompanied by threats,” Svetlana Petrenko, a spokesperson for the Investigative Committee, told Ria Novosti news agency.
The correct question to ask here is not what is going on here, but who did he piss off?
For in that milieu that’s about the price of two of the watches they favour. Trivia.