Killer discloses price for murder of Aslan Zhukov and motive of Senator Arashukov
The Investigative Committee refused to report whether Arashukov's involvement in the crimes is checked, referring to the secrecy of investigation.
Murderer Rasul Adzhiev, who gave himself up, told the investigation that the client of Adyghe-Khasa youth movement leader’s murder Aslan Zhukov offered 1 million rubles ($14.312) for the killing. According to RBC, Adzhiev stated that the order for Zhukov's death was given by Senator Rauf Arashukov through his relative Ruslan Agoev. The latter explained that Arashukov "had a conflict with someone, as a result of which his honor was affected." In Adzhiev's testimony, it is said that the Senator "got depressed, his entourage betrayed him," so the killer had to eliminate the offender.
Recall, the Investigative Directorate of the ICR for Karachaevo-Cherkessia resumed the criminal case over the murder of Aslan Zhukov, who was shot in his car near the house on March 14, 2010. A year later a resident, Rasul Adzhiev, was detained, he explained that he had killed Zhukov because of jealousy towards a woman. During the interrogations, he repeatedly confirmed his guilt, and also gave confessions in the course of the trial. However, the Cherkessky City Court acquitted Adzhiev, after which he was released in the courtroom.
Six years later, Adzhiev came to the police and gave himself up, still insisting that it was he who killed Aslan Zhukov. Now, he abandoned his previous testimony and named the customer of current Senator from KChR Rauf Arashukov. Earlier, The CrimeRussia had written about the role of the Senator in the murder of Zhukov. Also, Rustam Kopsergenov, the person involved in the killing of KChR presidential adviser Fral Shebzukhov in May 2010, also stated that Arashukov hired bandits to beat up the politician. However, when one of them attacked, Shebzukhov pulled on and shot him.
Despite the testimony of the persons involved in the killings, the investigating authorities do not verify the Senator's involvement in these crimes, relatives are sure. They hold pickets near the building of the investigation department in Karachaevo-Cherkessia (KChR) and demand to initiate criminal proceedings against Arashukov.
The Senator's office told RBC that they regarded the statements of the relatives of the deceased "with surprise" and assure that there is no evidence of his involvement in the killings. At the same time, Arashukov's aides confirm that some provocateurs are trying to screw over the Senator. The Investigative Committee refused to report whether Arashukov's involvement in the crimes is checked, referring to the secrecy of investigation.
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