Court Finds Russian ex-economy minister guilty of taking bribe

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Russian former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev, who was charged with accepting a bribe, waits for the start of a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev faced a decade in jail after a Moscow court on Friday ruled that he had taken a $2-million bribe from President Vladimir Putin’s ally Igor Sechin.

“Ulyukayev is guilty of having taken a bribe as he carried out official duties,” judge Larisa Semyonova said, with sentencing expected to follow.

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