MOSCOW, July 19 (RAPSI, Lyudmila Klenko) - Russia's former Economy Minister Alexey Ulyukayev, who stands charged with extorting a $2 million bribe, filed an appeal against extension of his house arrest until August 15, RAPSI learnt in Moscow's Basmanny District Court on Wednesday.

Last week, Ulyukayev finished reading the case materials. The Investigative Committee is expected to forward the case to court for hearing until the end of the summer.

Ulyukayev was arrested while receiving a bribe in mid-November 2016. He allegedly demanded Russian state-controlled oil giant Rosneft’s representative to pay him $2 million for lawfully providing a positive review and evaluation of a deal that allowed Rosneft to acquire government’s share in mid-sized producer Bashneft. According to the Investigative Committee, the former minister threatened to create obtrusions for Rosneft with use of his position.

Ulyukayev has pleaded not guilty.

On November 15, the ex-minister was put under house arrest. Later in the evening, President Vladimir Putin has relieved Ulyukayev of his post because of loss of trust.

The Basmanny District Court has seized Ulyukayev’s property valued at over 564 million rubles ($9.3 million).