MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former Russian finance minister Alexei Kudrin, an adviser to President Vladimir Putin, said on Friday that a court’s guilty verdict for ex-economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev in a bribery case was groundless.
Ulyukayev, who protests his innocence, was sentenced to 8 years in prison earlier on Friday after a court found him guilty of taking a $2 million bribe from Igor Sechin, the CEO of oil giant Rosneft..
“It’s a terrible, groundless verdict,” Kudrin said on social media.
“It’s weak work by the investigation... Many face such injustice these days.”
Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Andrew Osborn