Russian minister detained over alleged $2 million bribe

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MOSCOW— A long-serving Russian clergyman has been confined over a claimed $2 million fix in an examination of the most senior government authority to face charges in years. 

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Financial Development Alexei Ulyukayev was kept late Monday after he professedly gotten a $2 million influence in a sting set by the FSB, the KGB's primary successor organization, the Investigative Committee said in an announcement on Tuesday. The examiners said Ulyukayev took the fix for giving the green light to state-controlled oil mammoth Rosneft to participate in offering for another oil organization. 

Ulyukayev, who held the post since 2013 and worked in the administration since 2000, is a known liberal figure who has talked against an expanding government nearness in the Russian economy. He has contradicted Rosneft's offering for Bashneft, saying it wasn't right for a state-claimed organization to participate in the privatization drive. 

President Vladimir Putin had safeguarded the arrangement, saying that in light of the fact that Rosneft has minority outside financial specialists, the deal was not just an exchange of benefits starting with one a player in the state then onto the next. 

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The administration put 50.1 percent of the lucrative Bashneft available prior this year however the delicate was deferred in August over the restriction of the administration's liberal priests, including Ulyukayev, to Rosneft's potential offering. Rosneft won the delicate with a $5 billion offer when the offering was held a month ago. 

The 60-year old clergyman is relied upon to confront a court listening to later on Tuesday where he could be formally captured and charged. 

Russian state-possessed TV at an early stage Tuesday ran Ulyukayev's detainment as the top story featured "Battle on defilement." 

Dmitry Peskov, representative for President Vladimir Putin, told the RIA Novosti news office that the president had been educated of the FSB operation in its arranging stage. Peskov would not state if the gift case could influence Rosneft's arrangement. 

Rosneft's representative Mikhail Leontyev said in broadcast remarks that he doesn't anticipate that the examination will influence the arrangement. 

"There can't be any danger of the cancelation of the arrangement," Leontyev said on Rossiya 24 on Tuesday. "Nobody including the Investigative Committee has communicated any inquiries concerning the lawfulness of the arrangement."

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