Investigative Committee: murder committed on order of senator Arashukov’s son-in-law solved
The instigator of the crime - an executive director of AO Stavropolgorgaz Ruslan Agoev - is now hiding in the United Arab Emirates.
The central office of the Investigative Committee of Russia stated that the instigator of the murder of Aslan Zhukov - a leader of a youth movement of a non-governmental organization Adyge Khase in Karachay-Cherkessia - was an executive director of AO Stavropolgorgaz Ruslan Agoev, reports Kommersant with reference to the Committee’s officers.
In September, this year, the Head of the Investigative Committee of Russia Aleksander Bastrykin delegated to transfer criminal cases on two contract murders committed in Karachay-Cherkessia in 2010 to the Committee’s central office “to ensure that the investigation is complete and objective.”
A month earlier, the Investigative Committee in Karachay-Cherkessia reopened a case related to the murder of Zhukov who was shot in the city of Cherkessk on March 14, 2010 at the car wash he owned. As investigators determined later, the killer approached Chevrolet Niva with Zhukov inside and shot him three times in the head. The victim died at the scene.
A year later, Rasul Ajiev, a local, was detained. He explained that it had been a crime of passion. He repeatedly pleaded guilty during the questioning, and made confession statements during the hearings. However, the Cherkessk city court acquitted and released Ajiev.
This summer, Ajiev made a full confession. According to RBC, he told during the questioning that he was offered the order to murder Zhukov by a senator Rauf Arashukov through his relative Ruslan Agoev (he used to work as his guard). Agoev explained that Arashukov “stepped into conflict with someone, and his honour was allegedly touched.” Ajiev’s testimonies state that the senator “felt depressed, and his entourage turned their backs” on him, so the offender had to be eliminated.
In Ajiev’s words, Agoev gave him a car, and a mobile phone with a sim card in order for Ajiev to be able to communicate with him before and after the murder. The killer visited the car wash several times before the crime to learn the location of the CCTV and Zhukov’s travel patterns.
In order to cover up the tracks, Ajiev destroyed his clothes and phone following the murder. After he left the city, he threw away his gun in the Great Stavropol Canal, having broken it into pieces.
So far, Ajiev was the only one the Investigative Committee accused of the crime. According to Kommersant, the investigation attempted to summon Agoev for a questioning to accuse him of items 4 and 5 of article 33, and item 2 of article 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (assistance in the commission of a crime by instructions), however he, according to the operatives’ data, had already managed to escape to the United Arab Emirates.
Another case that is being investigated is related to a murder of Fral Zhebzukhov, a Counsellor of Head of the Karachai-Cherkess Republic. He was killed two months after Zhukov’s murder. The defendant in the case Rustam Kopsergenov also stated that Arashukov had hired criminals to manhandle the politician. However, the perpetrators overplayed and shot Zhebzukhov.
In September, the victims’ relatives started organizing rallies at the Office of Investigations of the Investigative Committee of Russia in the Karachai-Cherkess Republic demanding to open a criminal case against the senator. The sent a letter to Aleksander Bastrykin, as well as Aleksander Bortnikov, a Director of the Federal Security Service, Yury Chaika, Russia’s Prosecutor General, and Valentina Matvienko, a Chairwoman of the Federation Council. According to the relatives’ statements, despite the testimonies of the defendants in the case, the investigative bodies are not checking the senator’s implication in the crime.
When answering RBC reporter’s questions, the senator’s central office stated that they “are surprised” to hear the relatives’ statements, and say there are no proves of the senator’s implication in the crime. With that, Arashukov’s assistants state that certain provocators are attempting to blacken the senator’s reputation.