Central office of ICR to manage investigation into contract killings associated with Senator Arashukov
The investigations are related to the murders which took place in 2010. The victims are Karachaevo-Cherkessia president’s adviser Fral Shebzukhov and Aslan Zhukov, the activist of the Circassian youth movement.
The head of the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR), Alexander Bastrykin, instructed to transfer to the criminal cases on two contract killings that occurred in Karachaevo-Cherkessia in 2010 to the central office of the security agency.
As Kommersant reports referring to the ICR, the transfer of cases to the federal level is necessary “for the most complete and objective investigation.”
According to Bastrykin, it is necessary to carefully study the materials of these criminal cases, thoroughly establish all the circumstances of the crimes and contractors, conduct additional interrogations of all the defendants, including the already convicted ones, and, if there are sufficient grounds, bring all those involved in these murders to justice.
It is to be recalled that in mid-August 2018, information transpired that the ICR’s Investigation Department for the KCR had resumed the criminal case on the murder of Aslan Zhukov, who was shot in his own car on March 14, 2010. A year later, local resident Rasul Adzhiev, who confessed that he had killed Zhukov because of jealousy towards a woman, was detained. During the interrogations, he repeatedly admitted his guilt, and also confessed in the course of the trial. However, in March 2012, the Circassian City Court acquitted Adzhiev, after which he was released in the courtroom.
A month ago, Adzhiev testified again and indicated that Rauf Arashukov, the current senator from KCR, had been the contractor of the murder commited. Arashukov's relative, Ruslan Agoyev, was the mediator in the negotiations between the contractor and the killer.
The second investigated case is the murder of the adviser to the president of the KCR, Fral Shebzukhov, which occurred two months after Zhukov had been killed. The person of interest in this case, Rustam Kopsergenov, also stated that Arashukov hired criminals to beat up the politician. However, the performers went overboard and shot Shebzukhov.
According to the defendants in this case, the senator has allocated 500 thousand rubles ($ 7,000) to “frighten and beat” Fral Shebzukhov, and another 1 million rubles ($ 14,000) to assassinate Aslan Zhukov.
In September, relatives of the victims began rallying near the building of the ICR’s Investigative Directorate for the KCR, demanding to initiate a criminal case against the senator. They sent a written appeal to Alexander Bastrykin, as well as FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov, Prosecutor General Yury Chaika and Federation Council Chairman Valentina Matvienko.