Aleksei Ulyukaev: "It’s only when you face misfortune yourself that you start to realise how difficult people’s lives are and what injustices they face."

posted 7 Dec 2017, 12:06 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 7 Dec 2017, 12:29 ]
"It’s only when you face misfortune yourself that you start to realise how difficult people’s lives are and what injustices they face. When you’re doing OK, you shamefully turn away from people’s grievances. People, forgive me for that; I am guilty before you.”

- Former economy minister Aleksei Ulyukaev in his final word to the court at his trial for bribery in Moscow. Ulyukaev maintains his innocence. As The Guardian reports, Ulyukaev"is accused of soliciting a bribe of $2m in cash from Igor Sechin, the head of state oil company Rosneft and widely regarded as the second most powerful man in Russia after the president, Vladimir Putin."

Source: Shaun Walker, "Russian politician in $2m corruption trial says sorry for not fighting injustice," The Guardian, 7 December 2017

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