“Bastrykin’s only meeting with senator Arashukov took place during his detention”
The ICR denied the acquaintance of the agency’s head with the defendant senator.
The press service of the Russian Investigative Committee denies the acquaintance of the agency’s head, Alexander Bastrykin, with the Arashukovs family. As Svetlana Petrenko, the official representative of the ICR, reported, Bastrykin first met with the senator during his detention, which took place in the building of the Federation Council. In addition to Bastrykin, we recall, Yuri Chaika was present there.
“In connection with the information about the vacation of the ICR’s Chairman Alexander Bastrykin in the Karachay-Cherkessia Republic and the alleged personal acquaintance with the Arashukov family, which is spread in the media and social networks, I state that he was never personally acquainted with the members of this family,” Petrenko said.
Regarding the photos from Alexander Bastrykin’s vacation, which are actively distributed on social networks, Petrenko said that in the summer of 2018, the head of the agency rested with his family for two days at the Adiyukh-Palace Hotel at his own expense.
“Other photos with the chairman of the Russian Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, along with Senator Rauf Arashukov, distributed on the Internet are a rough photomontage. And I will note that such information attacks began to appear precisely after the detention of members of a criminal group by the ICR investigators,” Petrenko emphasized.
The agency’s spokeswoman also said that it was during Bastrykin’s stay in the summer of 2018 in the North Caucasus that he received applications from the relatives of the dead Aslan Zhukov and Fral Shebzukhov. After that, in her words, the criminal cases were studied in Moscow and, by the Chairman’s decision, were forwarded to the ICR’s Main Investigative Directorate.