Following a closed preliminary hearing at Moscow’s Zamoskvorechye court Aug. 8, his house arrest was extended until Jan. 27. Ulyukayev was visibly thinner, telling journalist he had lost 14 kilograms “thanks to the Russian justice system.”

He called the case “a vile provocation,” meant to serve the interests of “the corrupted part of the management and corrupted part of the security services.”

On the same day, Igor Sechin, the head of Rosneft who allegedly played a leading role in the sting operation against the former minister, was added to the case’s witness list.

Here are the main highlights from today’s hearing: