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Russian economy minister sacked, held over ‘$2mn-bribe’ charges

MOSCOW: Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev was sacked Tuesday and put under house arrest on suspicion of pocketing a two-million-dollar bribe in a deal involving state-controlled oil giant Rosneft. Ulyukayev is the highest ranking official detained over suspected corruption since Putin took power in 2000, and his arrest unleashed speculation as to whether the probe was linked to an internal power struggle. News agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying that President Vladimir Putin had "published…