December 15, 2017 / 12:05 PM / 4 months ago

Guilty verdict for Russian ex-economy minister Ulyukayev 'groundless' - Putin adviser

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.

Russian former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev stands behind bars after the verdict at a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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

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