Russia detains minister over alleged bribe

Russia Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev

Alexey Ulyukayev is accused of taking money in return for his ministry giving a “positive assessment” of a $5 billion oil deal.

A bribery investigation has reached into the upper echelons of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government.

Alexey Ulyukayev, minister of economic development, has been charged with bribery after he allegedly took a $2 million bribe to help push through a major oil deal.

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