Other suspects may appear in bribery case of Russia's ex-economy minister: agencies

November 16, 2016 1:47 AM EST

Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev who was detained by law enforcement officials on corruption charges, is escorted upon his arrival for a hearing at the Basmanny district court in Moscow, Russia, November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev


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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Other suspects may appear in a criminal case in which investigators have charged Russia's former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev with extorting a $2 million bribe, unnamed sources told Russian news agencies on Wednesday.

President Vladimir Putin dismissed Ulyukayev on Tuesday over allegations he extorted the bribe from top oil producer Rosneft, a case that could expose fault lines in the Russian leader's inner circle.

Russian newspapers on Wednesday carried several stories saying ministers and aides close to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev might now be drawn into the same case as they were allegedly also under surveillance.

(Reporting by Polina Devitt; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Christian Lowe)



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