Karachayevo-Cherkessian Republic: investigation of murder of activist Aslan Zhukov renewed
The crime committed in 2010 caused a big resonance in the republic.
Investigative Directorate of the ICR for Karachayevo-Cherkessia renewed the investigation of the criminal case of the murder of activist of the Cherkessian youth movement, Aslan Zhukov. He was killed near his house on March 14, 2010. The crime caused great resonance in the republic. In June 2010, an extraordinary congress of the Cherkessian people was even held in Cherkessk, where participants demanded an early investigation of this case and punishment of the perpetrators.
According to the investigation, the murder was committed by a resident of the republic, Rasul Adzhiev, who “shot Aslan Zhukov, sitting in the driver's seat of his car Niva-Chevrolet at least three times from a firearm,” on the Dovatortsev Street in Cherkessk. From the received through bullet wounds in the face and head, Zhukov died on the spot before the ambulance arrived.
After the activist of the youth wing of Adyge Khase was shot, the perpetrator, according to the investigation, fled from the crime scene. However, a few months later he showed up at the law enforcement agencies, where he wrote a confession.
As specified in the national management of the ICR, during interrogations, Rasul Adzhiev confessed to the murder of Aslan Zhukov and “moreover, he fully confirmed his testimony in the hearing and insisted on it.” However, the Cherkessky City Court did not take by the testimony of the accused into account and ruled on Adzhiev’s acquittal, after which the latter was released right in the courtroom.
Six years after the acquittal, Rasul Adzhiev, for unknown reasons, “came to the investigating authorities, wrote a confession and once again insists that he committed the murder of Aslan Zhukov.”
In this regard, it was decided to renew the investigation of the case of the murder. At the moment, “the motives that forced Adzhiev to write a confession again are being established.”