Ulyukayev called the sentence unfair

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in fotobelka Ulyukayev during sentencing in Zamoskvoretsky court of Moscow. 15 Dec 2017Ulyukayev called the sentence unfair© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye the image Bank

Sentenced to eight years in prison, ex-Minister of economic development of Russia Alexei Ulyukayev has called the sentence unjust, but did not answer the question, will he ask the President for clemency.

«I think the sentence is unjust, I will continue to fight,» said the convicted journalists after the announcement, already being in a cage for the prisoners.

When he was asked whether he plans to submit to the President a petition for clemency (which implies an admission of guilt), the speaker pointedly turned away.