December 15, 2017 / 11:10 AM / 3 months ago

Russian court jails ex-minister Ulyukayev for 8 years in bribery case

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court sentenced ex-economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev to eight years in prison on Friday after finding him guilty of taking a $2 million bribe from Igor Sechin, the CEO of oil giant Rosneft.

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Court bailiffs put handcuffs on Ulyukayev and escorted him to a cage in the courtroom after the presiding judge, Larisa Semyonova, had pronounced the sentence.

The court also ruled that Ulyukayev must pay a fine of more than 130 million roubles ($2.21 million).

Reporting by Polina Nikolskaya; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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