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Rosneft-Bashneft deal legal, not subject of investigation — Investigative Committee

Russian Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev is suspected of extorting a bribe from representatives of Rosneft

MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. Russian Investigative Committee (IC) recognized the Rosneft-Bashneft deal as legal, IC spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko told TASS on Tuesday.

"Rosneft's purchase of stake in Bashneft was completed on legal grounds," Petrenko said adding that this is not a subject of investigation.

Ulyukayev was caught red-handed when receiving a bribe, she said. 

"We are talking about extorting a bribe, together with threatening representatives of Rosneft. Ulyukayev was caught red-handed when receiving the money," Petrenko said.

On October 12, Rosneft purchased a 50.08% stake in Bashneft for 329.69 billion rubles.