Russian former Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev, who was charged with accepting a bribe, is escorted by a bailiff as he arrives for a court hearing in Moscow, Russia November 27, 2017. (REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin)
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Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev, accused of extorting a bribe, told a court Monday he thought a bag holding $2 million in cash which he took from Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin held a gift of expensive alcohol.Ulyukayev faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty of accepting the $2 million cash from Sechin, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin.Ulyukayev said when he had been economy minister, Sechin had visited his ministry two or three times and usually had come to the office "with a bulky bag," containing presents.Ulyukayev had also received alcoholic drinks from Sechin as gifts, a prosecutor said.
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