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Ex-Minister Ulyukaev released on parole

Ulyukaev refused to speak with journalists

TVER, May 12. /TASS/. Former Russian Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukaev convicted of accepting a bribe and sentenced to eight years in prison has been released on parole, a TASS correspondent reports from the spot.

Ulyukaev left the prison territory in a black Range Rover, which is owned by his relatives, a source in law enforcement agencies told TASS. Ex-minister refused to speak with journalists.

Ulyukaev was released from prison after the Moskovsky District Court in Tver upheld a defense motion in Ulyukaev’s favor on April 27.

On December 15, 2017, Ulyukayev was sentenced to eight years in prison and slapped with a fine of 130 million rubles ($1.8 mln at the current exchange rate). He was found guilty of accepting a bribe from Rosneft CEO, Igor Sechin, in the amount of $2 mln.