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Source: Crime Russia: http://crimerussia.com/
No baskets of any kind: officials refuse to accept New Year’s gifts because of fear to repeat Ulyukaev’s fate, 23:09 / 19.12.2017

Heads of many Russian departments have introduced a strict ban of gift baskets and other large presents. The most officials are ready to accept a calendar and a card, as media report.

Staff of large departments and state corporations refuse gifts, which representatives of business send traditionally on the eve of holidays. As five employees of the ministries and state corporations told The Bell, after Uluykaev’s adjudgement, at most what officials are ready to accept are cards and calendars.

“Baskets are impossible, in any kind, neither with food, nor with wine, nor even with flowers – people jump aside of them just on an entrance,” the media quotes one of the assistants of the unnamed Minister.

At the same time, an employee of a large industrial holding told that last year officials have become careful with the gifts – already then many of them accepted only books and calendars, but after Ulyukaev’s arrest “nothing became possible in general”. The Bell source in the large metallurgical company added that they turn couriers with gifts down just in front of an entrance.

They are especially careful with the gifts from oil industry workers, the director of the department of one of the ministries tells.

Thus, according to the interlocutor, not only the story with Ulyukaev frightens, but also, for example, Nikita Belykh’s taking into custody. “The bribe for the former Head of the Kirov region was packed into a gift package too,” the official notices.

Other federal official showed how it is necessary to work if an employee of Rosneft approaches you with a gift on his own experience. “I take my hands behind the back and say: “And happy New Year for you too, but I will not accept a gift. Take it away and never bring it here,” the media quote the careful governmental employee.

To recall, according to materials of court, former Head of the Ministry of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev received 2 million dollars from head of Rosneft Igor Sechin in a bag with a gift basket with sausages and fruit from the company. The ex-Minister assured that it seemed to him there was a gift wine in the bag.

To remind the Zamoskvoretsky Court of Moscow sentenced Alexey Ulyukaev to eight years of maximum-security penal colony, 130 million rubles ($2.2 million) of a fine and also kept the seized property of the former official. Ulyukaev’s protection appealed against the sentence.” Tags: Moscow Courts Corruption Source: Crime Russia: https://en.crimerussia.com/corruption/no-baskets-of-any-kind-officials-refuse-to-accept-new-year-s-gifts-because-of-fear-to-repeat-ulyukae/