Federation Council proposes to tighten checks over regional after Arashukov’s arrest
The head of Karachay-Cherkessia assures that he did not have complete information on the arrested senator.
The Federation Council committee on regulation and organization of parliamentary activity is addressing the question of toughening the selection of parliamentarians from the regions after the arrest of Senator Karachay-Cherkessia, Rauf Arashukov. Now a regional representative takes office as a senator 10 days after approval by regional authorities. In the upper house of parliament they proposed to give the decisive word to the Council, TASS reports.
“At the moment we are facing a dilemma that representatives from the regions should undergo a more thorough selection, it is being addressed,” committee head Andrey Kutepov said.
According to Kutepov, the head of Karachay-Cherkessia, introducing Rauf Arashukov to the position of senator, “did not fully possess the information that had been revealed in recent years.” By that Arashukov’s involvement in the murders and tampering with witnesses is meant.
Senator Arashukov was detained at a meeting of the Federation Council on January 30. On the same day, he was deprived of immunity and taken into custody on charges of involvement in the murder of the deputy chairman of the youth movement Adyghe Khase, Aslan Zhukov, and adviser to the head of the republic, Fral Shebzukhov, as well as putting pressure on witness of Zhukov’s murder.
After Arashukov was detained, security officials detained and arrested his father and cousin, as well as several top managers of the southern divisions of Gazprom, who were charged with stealing gas for 30 billion rubles ($ 458 million).