Deputy head of Karachay-Cherkessia ICR, friend of Arashukov, resigns
In one of our investigations, we reported that Arashukov managed to evade criminal responsibility for many years thanks to patronage in power structures.
First Deputy Head of the ICR Directorate in the Karachay-Cherkessia Republic, Major-General of Justice Kazbek Bulatov wrote a report with a request to release him from his post after a conversation in the Investigative Committee’s central office. At the same time, according to Lenta.ru referring to a source in the ICR, he will continue to work in the Committee. He had been summoned to Moscow to give explanations about his relationship with the arrested senator.
According to the investigation, the relatives of the youth movement Adyghe-Khase leader Aslan Zhukov and Advisor to the President of the KCR Fral Shebzukhov, who had been killed by Arashukov’s order, believe that it was thanks to his ‘friendship’ with siloviki that the senator managed to evade penalty for so many years.
As for Bulatov, MK reports that he was friends with Arashukov “not contrary to the interests of the service.” Bulatov took the post of deputy head of the republic directorate of the ICR in 2007.
According to Zhukov’s sister, Alla Kambieva, Arashukov and Bulatov were often seen dining together in restaurants. Moreover, Bulatov attended Raul Arashukov’s birthday party, where Nikolay Baskov performed.
Shebzukhov's brother, Ruslan, thinks that the investigative bodies of the Karachay-Cherkessia Republic sabotaged the investigation, since pretty much all high-ranking officials were the Arashukovs’ proteges. No one in the Republic would dare to arrest the Arashukovs.
Previously, a picture appeared on the Web, showing Arashukov sitting in a car together with Investigator Timur Betuganov, who was investigating into Zhukov's murder. To recall, Arashukov is now considered its paymaster. According to the sister of the victim, the senator gave Betuganov a jeep, and then they went on vacation to Spain.
At the present time Betuganov is a head of the Anti-Extremist Centre of Russia’s MIA in the Karachay-Cherkessia.
Another investigator in the case Zareta Jangezova - who asked Zhukov’s mother why the latter couldn’t just stay at home and why she always got to learn new circumstances of the criminal case - has also gone for promotion: now, she is a deputy chief of the Investigative Committee of Russia in the Karachay-Cherkessia.
Rauf Arashukov was detained on January 30 at the Federation Council meeting. He is being accused of murders of a deputy chairman of the youth movement Adyge Khase Aslan Zhukov and a counsellor to the President of the Republic Fral Shebzukhov. Moreover, he is being accused of participation in a criminal community and putting pressure on a witness.
Rauf Arashukov and Timur Beturganov
Rauf and Raul Arashukov had earlier repeatedly become defendants of CrimeRussia investigations. We once reported that the Arashukovs had managed to avoid criminal responsibility thanks to protectorship within law enforcement agencies. According to CrimeRussia sources, Rauf Arashukov gathered support from influential security officials and large companies’ senior executives who backed him in every way and helped close eyes to criminal cases related to murders that led to him directly. The sources indicate the following among them:
Head of the Legal Administration of the Prosecutor-General’s Office of the Russian Federation Artur Zavalunov.
Deputy chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia in the North Caucasian Federal District Colonel General of justice Boris Karnaukhov.
Prosecutor of the Karachay-Cherkessia Aleksander Tereshchenko.
Now ex-deputy head of the Office of Investigations of the Investigative Committee of Russia in the Karachay-Cherkessia Kazbek Bulatov.
Head of the Anti-Extremist Centre of Russia’s MIA in the Karachay-Cherkessia Timur Betuganov.
Head of the Federal Agency for Nationality Affairs and State Duma member of the fourth, fifth and sixth collocation (since 2004), representative of the United Russia fraction, retired Colonel of the Federal Security Service Igor Barinov.
Deputy head of internal policy department of the Presidential Administration Yaroslav Zamychkin.
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