MOSCOW, July 5 (RAPSI) – Russia’s former Economy minister Alexey Ulyukayev has appealed a ruling of Moscow’s the Zamoskvoretsky District Court to return $2 million that ex-minister received as a bribe to the Federal Security Service (FSB) general, the press-service of the court has told RAPSI.

The appeal will be reviewed later.

Earlier it was revealed that money was transferred to Ulyukayev during the investigatory experiment in 2016. The court ruled to return money to general Oleg Feoktistov, who personally filed an application for return of the assets.

The former minister was sentenced to 8 years in high security prison and a 130-million-ruble fine (about $2 million) on December 15, 2017. Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky District Court held that his involvement in the bribery was proven by witnesses’ testimony and other examined evidence. The defendant’s words about innocence were regarded as attempt to evade criminal liability. Later, the Moscow City Court upheld the prison term for Ulyukayev despite slightly changing the sentence itself.

Ulyukayev was arrested on November 14, 2016, when leaving the office of Rosneft oil company. The Federal Security Service’s (FSB) officers found a bag holding $2 million in cash in his official car. He was charged with extortion a grand bribe. According to the Investigative Committee, he threatened to create obtrusions for Rosneft with the use of his position.

Ulyukayev stated that the case was fabricated. The defendant noted that there was a provocation, orchestrated by FSB and that there was no sound evidence in the case, aside from testimony provided by Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin.

President Vladimir Putin relieved Ulyukayev of his post because of loss of trust on November 15, 2016.

On June 4, the defendants was transferred to a prison.