Karachaevo-Cherkessia high-ranking law enforcers to be questioned in Arashukovs' case
The relatives of Aslan Zhukov, the Deputy Chairman of Adyge Khase movement, stated that the security forces had strong friendships with the influential family.
High-ranking officers of the ICR and MIA for Karachay-Cherkessia were summoned to Moscow for questioning in the case of Senator Arashukov because of suspicions about the security forces' friendship with the influential family. Since February 24, in the management of the Investigative Committee on the KCR, an audit by the central office of the ICR will be carried out in the ICR Directorate for the Karachay-Cherkress Republic.
Sources of RBC reported on four officers, among whom there is Kazbek Bulatov, the First Deputy Head of the ICR Directorate for the Republic, and Timur Betuganov, the Head of the Center for Countering Extremism of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Republic. The latter worked on the case of the 2010 murder of the Deputy Chairman of Adyge Khase movement Aslan Zhukov, which Senator Rauf Arashukov was accused of involvement in last week.
Bulatov and Betuganov, according to the relatives of Zhukov, were in close relations with Rauf Arashukov and "were very close." Bulatov even attended the birthday party of Raul Arashukov. As proof, photographs of Arashukov, Betuganov and Bulatov together were presented.
To recap, on January 30, officers of the Investigative Committee of Russia and the FSB detained Senator from Karachaevo-Cherkessia Rauf Arashukov right during a meeting of the Federation Council in Moscow on suspicion of organizing two murders committed in 2010. His father, Raul Arashukov, was detained in St. Petersburg, in the Gazprom office. Arashukov Sr. was taken by plane to Moscow, where the investigator accused him of Creation of a criminal community (Art. 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), as well as Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). He is accused of embezzling gas for 31.7 billion rubles ($481.8 m) from Gazprom.