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Russia bribery inquiry - more suspects?

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By Euronews
Russia bribery inquiry - more suspects?

<p>There could be more suspects in a criminal case, which has seen Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev detained on bribery charges. </p> <p>A Moscow court has put him under house arrest, accused of extorting a 1.8 million euro bribe from Rosneft, the country’s biggest oil company.</p> <p>President Vladimir Putin has dismissed Ulyukayev from his post. </p> <p>“Of course this is a hard situation for those in power and for the government. What happened is beyond my understanding. I discussed this topic with the president of the country and he is of the same opinion,” said Dmitry Medvedev, Russian Prime Minister. </p> <p>“Nevertheless, the most thorough investigation of what has happened should take place in the framework set by the current legislation.”</p> <p>Russian newspapers are reporting that ministers and aides close to Medvedev could now be drawn into the same case, as they were allegedly also under surveillance. </p> <p>Ulyukayev is accused of extorting a bribe in exchange for approving Rosneft’s 4.6 billion euro purchase of a stake in oil producer Bashneft. He denies the charge. </p> <p>Ulyukayev is the highest ranking Russian official to be detained while in office since the collapse of the Soviet Union.</p>