|Former Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev (right) in bribery trial. (Yonhap)|
Alexei Ulyukayev, the highest-ranking Russian official to have been arrested since 1993, was detained last year at the headquarters of Russia's largest oil producer, Rosneft, after a sting operation by Russia's main intelligence agency.
Ulyukayev has denied the charges and said Rosneft's chief executive Igor Sechin, a longtime ally of President Vladimir Putin, set him up.
A Moscow court on Friday also ordered Ulyukayev to pay a $2.2 million- fine. Prosecutors earlier this month asked the court to send him to a high-security prison for ten years. (AP)