Arashukov put pressure on his predecessor in Federation Council Vyacheslav Derev
According to the relatives of the slain social activists, the senator made a false statement against his opponent to shield himself.
Arrested Senator Rauf Arashukov used to put pressure on his predecessor in the Federation Council, Vyacheslav Derev, through his connections with siloviki. In the summer 2018, the senator testified against Derev, a source in law enforcement bodies told Lenta.ru.
To recall, Deputy Head of the local youth movement Adyghe-Khase, Aslan Zhukov, and Advisor to the President of the KCR, Fral Shebzukhov, were shot in Karachay-Cherkessia in 2010. Initially, Arashukov was one of the suspects. In late 2017 during questioning, the alleged architect of these killings, Rustam Kopsergenov, said that Rauf Arashukov had instructed him to deal with the politician in exchange for 500 thousand rubles ($7,600). Personal assistant to the senator, Albert Chukov, said the same under interrogation. In June 2018, the senator told the investigators that Kopsergenov had slandered him at the direction of Derev. Allegedly, he was paid 100 thousand euro for that.
According to Zhukov’s sister, Arashukov made it up to shield himself. “Derev supported us, and Arashukov repeatedly threatened him to stop helping us. He said he would drain him dry and have him framed. So Arashukov had Derev imprisoned,” she said.
According to the source, Arashukov tried to negotiate with his opponent, but failed. In February 2012, a criminal case was initaited against Derev. In March 2018, he was detained and sent to Moscow, where he was arrested. The former senator is now in a pre-trial detention center.
On January 30, Arashukov was arrested for two months on charges of two contract killings, participation in a criminal community, and pressure on a witness. The senator's defense requested to release him on bail of 10 million rubles ($151,925). The investigation also checks Arashukov for involvement in several more murders.