Arashukov's friends from Investigative Committee and local anti-extremism dept detained within “decriminalization” program
Kazbek Bulatov, deputy head of the Karachay-Cherkessia’s Investigative Committee, and Timur Betuganov, head of the E center of the republic, are suspected of abuse of power with serious consequences.
A criminal case has been opened against deputy head of the Karachaevo-Cherkessia Investigative Committee, Kazbek Bulatov, and the head of the E Center of the Republic, Timur Betuganov, on the abuse of office with serious consequences (paragraph 3 of Article 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), the press service Investigative Committee reports.
The case also involves a senior investigator for particularly important cases, Andrei Filippov.
The Investigative Committee reported that Bulatov, Betuganov and Filippov were detained as part of the “third wave of large-scale decriminalizing” of the North Caucasus.
The investigation believes that the defendants were friends with the arrested senator Rauf Arashukov and his father and exceeded the authority, refusing to bring them to criminal responsibility. According to the Investigative Committee, the actions of the siloviki "entailed undermining the authority of state authorities," i.e. they did not prevent the criminal community from their actions.
In February, security officials were searched within the Arashukovs' case. The TV channel RTVI, citing a source close to the investigation reported that the head of Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin was also in “friendly ties” with Rauf and Raul Arashukovs. The channel claimed that Bastrykin often visited Arashukov’s mansion in Khabez.
The Investigative Committee stated that Bastrykin was not familiar with the arrested senator and his relatives. Joint photos of Arashukovs and Bastrykin, published on the Internet were called “photoshop”. At the same time, the Investigative Committee did not deny that, in the summer of 2018, Bastrykin, on the advice of his colleagues, stayed with his family for two days at the Adiyukh-Palace Hotel, owned by Arashukov.
RTVI sources claim that on the Bastrykin page on the VKontakte social network, there are several pictures that were allegedly made in the Arashukovs' mansion.