Ex-senator from KCR who handed over Arashukovs to security forces may be released

Ex-senator from KCR who handed over Arashukovs to security forces may be released
Vyacheslav Derev

Vyacheslav Derev is one of the main prosecution witnesses in the organized crime community (OCC) case of the Arashukov family.

The ICR has completed the investigation of the criminal case of the former member of the Federation Council from Karachay-Cherkessia Vyacheslav Derev and his five alleged accomplices, accused of fraud with VAT of 120 million rubles ($1.8 mln), Kommersant reports.

Derev, who is one of the main prosecution witnesses in the case of the senator from the Karachay-Cherkess Republic (KCR), Rauf Arashukov, denies his participation in the scam, and his lawyers believe that he needs state protection.

According to the case file, Vyacheslav Derev and his alleged accomplices committed fraud on a large scale (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code) in 2007–2010, when the companies Kievo-Juraki APK and Mercury-2, controlled by his family, entered into contracts for the construction of large pig breeding complexes in Karachay-Cherkessia and Adygea. At the same time, the cost of work was initially overestimated, which allowed companies to illegally receive from the budget a refund of VAT in the amount of almost 119, 5 million rubles ($1.8 mln).

The ex-senator within the framework of the criminal case was detained on March 6, 2018 and taken to Moscow, where, by a court decision, he was sent to the detention center. At the same time, no official charges have yet been filed against him. The defense of the arrested declared that the investigative actions were carried out with violations, and according to the law with the arrested on charges of fraud, their term should not exceed 12 months, so soon the 69-year-old Derev could be released.

Meanwhile, the newspaper notes, passing as accused in the case of fraud, Derev during the time spent in the jail, witnessed the charges in the case of organizing a criminal community, fraud and murder (Articles 210, 159 and 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) against Senator Rauf Arashukov which is investigated by the Main Investigative Department of the ICR.

The fact is that representatives of the victims appealed to Senator Derev after in 2010 in the KCR the high-profile murders of the leader of the Adyghe Khasa movement Aslan Zhukov and the adviser to the head of the KCR Fral Shebzukhov were committed. The injured party already knew back then that Rauf Arashukov was behind the killings, but after the pre-investigation check, criminal proceedings were refused. Then, Vyacheslav Derev secured the transfer of the case to the central office of the ICR, where details on the theft of gas worth more than 30 billion rubles ($458 mln) by Rauf's father, Gazprom Mezhregiongaz’s top manager and People’s Assembly of the KCR deputy, were added to the murder case file.

As a result, Senator from Karachay-Cherkessia Rauf Arashukov was detained in the Council of Federation on January 30. On the same day, his father Raul Arashukov was detained at a meeting of Gazprom in St. Petersburg.

Rauf Arashukov was charged with committing crimes under part 3 of Article 210 of the Russian Criminal Code (Participation in a criminal community), part 4 of Article 309 (Pressure on a witness), and part 2 of Article 105 (Murder). Raul Arashukov is accused of committing crimes under part 3 of Article 210 of the Russian Criminal Code (Creating a criminal community using one's official position), part 4 of Article 159 (Fraud). In total, 7 people have been arrested in the criminal case of the Arashukov OCC. The last of them, the director of Yessentukigorgaz (Yessentuki City Gas) Alan Kyatov, was taken into custody by the decision of the Basmanny court of Moscow on February 1.

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