Matviyenko states there are no other senators “with shady past” in Federation Council after detention of Arashukov
The Chairwoman of the Federation Council says the fact that a senator who was subsequently arrested had joined the upper house of parliament was a mistake.
The Chairwoman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko states there are no other senators “with shady past or present” in the Federation Council, reports RIA Novosti.
Matviyenko says the situation with the Karachay-Cherkessia senator Rauf Arashukov “is out of the picture”.
“The situation with Arashukov is out of the picture. Today, there are no other senators “with shady past or present” in the Federation Council, I can assure you that,” Matviyenko said.
She noted that at the time when he joined the Council, he had no prior records, however there were rumors about him involving in crimes.
“I said to the head of the region then that they were making a mistake. I knew that intuitively. But I could only recommend. No one can force the region in these terms,” Matviyenko added.
Rauf Arashukov was detained on January 30 at the Federation Council meeting. He was stripped of immunity after the speech by the prosecutor general Yury Chayka. In Matviyenko’s words, Arashukov attempted to leave the hall during the prosecutor general’s speech, but she told him to get back to his seat.
The investigation theory is that Arashukov is involved in 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.
The senator’s father Raul Arashukov was also detained. He is being accused of theft of gas worth of 31.7 billion rubles (roughly $450 million) from Gazprom. The Arashukovs were arrested for two months.
As soon as Arashukov was detained, the Rules Committee of the Federation Council started examining the issue related to more scrutinous check of senators from regions.