Russian ex-economy minister Ulyukayev says charges against him 'fabricated'

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 16, 2017 3:37 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev said in court on Wednesday that the charges in the bribery case against him were fabricated and accused Igor Sechin, the chief executive of oil giant Rosneft, and the FSB security service of carrying out a "provocation."

Ulyukayev was put under house arrest in November pending his trial over allegations he extorted a $2 million bribe from Rosneft. He denies the charges.

(Reporting by Polina Nikolskaya; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Christian Lowe)