Arashukov tried to enlist Putin’s support
The Senator tried to reach the President through Tina Kandelaki, Tatyana Navka, and Dmitry Peskov.
The Senator from Karachay-Cherkessia, Rauf Arashukov, tried to enlist the support of President Vladimir Putin when he learned that he became a person of FSB’s interest. To ensure his safety, he tried to reach the President through his acquaintance, the general producer of Match TV, Tina Kandelaki, who is friends with the wife of the Press Secretary of the head of state, Tatyana Navka, PASMI reports with reference to sources.
Active measures against the Arashukov clan began in the fall of 2018. Having extensive connections in law enforcement agencies, they were warned about this and "tried to counter the actions of law enforcement agencies with the influence of high-ranking patrons." At some point, Rauf Arashukov even began to brag in telephone conversations that he had already resolved all issues through Peskov. The wiretapping of these conversations, discrediting top officials, lay among other materials on the table of President Vladimir Putin, the source said. According to him, this was the last straw that exhausted the patience of the head of state. Putin gave the order to detain the Arashukovs, but so that it was a complete surprise for them and their accomplices.
The Senator was detained right during a meeting of the Federation Council, which was specifically made closed. Rauf Arashukov is charged with crimes under part 3 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code (Participation in a Criminal Community), part 4 of Art. 309 of the Criminal Code (Exerting Pressure on a Witness), part 2 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code (Murder). Sometime later, in the office of Gazprom in St. Petersburg, his father, Raul Arashukov, Adviser to the General Director of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz and deputy of the National Assembly of the Karachay-Cherkessia Republic, was founded up at Gazprom office.
He is suspected of pulling off crimes under part 3 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Creation of a Criminal Community through his official position), part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Swindling). According to the materials of the criminal case, he was involved in the theft of natural gas of Gazprom PJSC for several years amounting to more than 30 billion rubles ($454 m). Other counts of criminal activities of the defendants, as well as accomplices of the Arashukovs are being established.
The Arashukovs repeatedly became named in the investigations of the The CrimeRussia.