MOSCOW Dec 23 Russian President Vladimir Putin
said on Friday that evidence against former economy minister
Alexei Ulyukayev, who was accused of attempting to extort a
bribe from a major oil firm, justified his dismissal in
Ulyukayev was sacked and put under house arrest over
allegations he extorted a $2 million bribe from Russian oil
Ulyukayev denies the charges against him.
Putin said he had not spoken to Ulyukayev since his
"Materials presented by police investigators were enough to
remove him from his post on the grounds that he had lost our
trust," Putin said.
(Reporting by Katya Golubkova, Vladimir Soldatkin and Denis
Pinchuk; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Peter Hobson)