FSB detains former deputy head of Karachay-Cherkessia Investigative Committee and head of local anti-extremism dept
In February, both were searched in the case of Senator Rauf Arashukov.
The FSB and the National Guard detained General Kazbek Bulatov, the former First Deputy Head of the Directorate of the Investigative Committee for Karachay-Cherkessia, and Timur Betuganov, Head of the E Center of the republic (anti-extremism department), RBC reports. In February, both were searched in the case of Senator Rauf Arashukov.
The detainees are suspected of involvement in illegal activities; the charges have not been specified yet.
“Colonel Betuganov was detained early in the morning at his workplace,” said a source close to the investigation.
“Betuganov is currently being held in the building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Karachay-Cherkessia in the department of banditry and terrorism, charges are to be brought against him,” a source told RBC. “He was detained by officers of the federal Investigative Committee and the FSB. Bulatov has also been detained. Two more officers of the Investigative Committee for the Karachay-Cherkessia were detained.”
In early February, Kazbek Bulatov resigned from his post as the first deputy head of the Investigative Committee for Karachay-Cherkessia. As RBC reports, he was the acting head of the department.
Also in February, investigators carried out searches within the case of Senator Rauf Arashukov against the leadership of the republican Ministry of Internal Affairs and the administration of the Investigation Committee, including Bulatov and the head of the E Center, Betuganov.
On January 30, the senator from Karachay-Cherkessia, Rauf Arashukov, was detained in the Federation Council. On the same day, his father Raul Arashukov, an adviser to the general director of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz and a deputy of the National Assembly of the Karachay-Cherkessia, was arrested at a meeting of Gazprom in St. Petersburg.
Rauf Arashukov is charged with crimes under Part 3 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code (participation in the criminal community), Part 4 of Art. 309 of the Criminal Code (pressure on the witness), Part 2 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code (murder). According to investigators, Arashukov was involved in the assassinations of Ascha Zhukov, deputy chairman of the public youth movement Adyghe-Khase of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, and adviser to the president of the Karachay-Cherkessia, Frall Shebzukhov, and pressure on the witness in the murder of Zhukov, as well as participation in the criminal community.
Raul Arashukov is accused of committing crimes under Part 3 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (creation of a criminal community using its official position), Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (fraud). According to the materials of the criminal case, he was involved in the theft of natural gas from PJSC Gazprom for several years.
Rauf and Raul Arashukov have repeatedly became defendants in the investigations of The CrimeRussia.