Authorities deny Amursk prosecutor and Internal Affairs chief were pallbearers at crime lord Zaruba funeral
The department said it would go to court to defend its name and reputation after a video on social media alleged the Amursk prosecutor and Internal Affairs chief went to crime lord Zaruba’s funeral.
A video was uploaded on social media yesterday that had a funeral procession in the city of Amursk, Khabarovsk Region. The voice-over claimed that it was the funeral of a local crime boss nicknamed Zaruba. Sand had been put on the road to facilitate the pallbearers’ work.
Other Internet users explained in the comments that it was Yuri Zarubin, the city underboss. It was also alleged that the police had closed roads in the city for that, and the Amursk prosecutor and Internal Affairs chief were seen among the pallbearers.
The security officials refuted the claims. Irina Shchegoleva, the Khabarovsk spokesperson of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, said that the Internal Affairs officials never participated in the funeral. The prosecutor's office also denied the prosecutor had gone to the funeral.
The video poster has been identified and he is said to have a police record. He was summoned to the department for an interview but was unable to explain his actions.
The official representative of the regional central office added that the reputation of the policemen was damaged, and therefore they were going to seek compensation in court, reports TASS.
At the same time, Shchegoleva confirmed that the roads had indeed been closed during the funeral, but it was the procession and not the traffic police that did it. The officers made four records for attempting to block the traffic and two red light violations. Besides, fines for the same violations were imposed on four motorists who got on CCTV, the official representative said.
Meanwhile, according to the website of the Vladivostok Organized Crime Center, the Amursk crime lord Yuri Zarubin (Zaruba) survived an assassination attempt in 2002. He had a gunshot wound to the head January 5 at the commemoration of another prominent mafioso, Vovchik Abramov, who died during the New Year holidays. The newspaper writes that the gunman was found later in an apartment with multiple stab wounds. He died of blood loss without regaining consciousness.