Russia: Sechin Asserts Authority With Action Against Minister Ulyukayev

The investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has opened a criminal case against the Minister of economic development of Russia Alexei Ulyukayev. The Minister is suspected of receiving a bribe of $2 million for the Ministry to issue a positive evaluation, which allowed Rosneft to buy a state-owned company Bashneft. 

According to the press Secretary Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, the Russian President knew about the impending law enforcement operation in relation to the speaker. 

According to the Russian opposition politician Konstantin Borovoy, the situation is the consequence of confrontation that has occurred too close to Vladimir Putin for comfort. 

The winner in this is likely to be Igor Sechin, widely regarded as the de facto deputy to Putin, who will have demonstrated his power by taking this action.

According to Stratfor, "Sechin ...represents the FSB’s hand in Russia’s energy sector."

Whilst Putin has no present cause to doubt Sechin's loyalty, his growing strength and influence may give him cause for concern. Loyalty is easily bought and sold in Russian politics, and Russia's Caesar may well be casting a nervous eye upon his Brutus.

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Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright is publishing editor of EU Today. 

An experienced journalist and published author, he specialises in environment, energy, and defence.

He also has more than 10 years experience of working as a staff member in the EU institutions, working with political groups and MEPs in various policy areas.

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