‘Not politics, corruption’: Russian officials comment on economy minister’s detention

In comments over the recent arrest of Russia’s economy minister for seeking a $2 million bribe, several Russian officials said that though the event was in line with the anti-corruption course of recent years and there were no political motives behind it.The head of the upper house’s International Relations Committee, Aleksey Pushkov, was among the first to react on the news of Aleksey Ulyukayev’s detention, released by Russia’s law enforcement agency for high-profile cases, the Investigative Committee.

“The experience of several regional governors and now also of a prominent minister shows that bribery is becoming a very dangerous business in Russia. Russian roulette,” Pushkov tweeted.

The senator then commented on a tweet about Ulyukayev case by former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. The former US diplomat wrote that the news was “shocking” and “sounded political,” to which Pushkov replied that hints about a political nature to the case were unfounded.

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