Moscow court arrests Raul Arashukov’s son-in-law in absentia in case of gas theft
Previously, the senator from the KCR and a number of Gazprom’s southern divisions' top managers were placed in custody.
Moscow’s Basmanny District Court arrested in absentia and put Ruslan Agoev, Raul Arashukov’s son-in-law, on the international wanted list. Agoev is accused of stealing natural gas from Gazprom worth 31 billion rubles ($ 471,5 million). Agoev, like other persons involved in the case, pleads innocent, TASS reports, referring to his lawyer Sergey Shishov.
“I defend Ruslan Agoev, Raul Arashukov’s son-in-law, who was arrested in in absentia and put on the international wanted list since the end of 2018,” Shishov said.
Three other defendants in the case of gas theft are on the wanted list. The alleged leader of the criminal community is Raul Arashukov, advisor to the CEO of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz and father of Rauf Arashukov, the senator from Karachay-Cherkessia. Both are in custody since the end of January.
As part of the same case, the CEO of Gazprom Gas Distribution Astrakhan and Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Astrakhan Ruslan Arashukov, executive director of Yessentukigorgaz Alan Kyatov, director of Gazprom Gas Distribution Stavropol JSC and deputy director of Gazprom Gas Distribution Stavropol Nikolay Romanov, director of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Stavropol branch in Mineralnye Vody Guzer Khashukaev were also arrested.
It concerns entrepreneur Dmitry Motorin, Boris Usherovich, a co-owner of the Group of Companies 1520, and Novoe Vremya board member, Ivan Stankevich. Motorin is accused of giving a bribe on an especially large scale, and Stankevich and Usherovich are charged with bribe-taking.
This week, the judicial debates in the trial of Vladimir Barsukov-Kumarin charged with creation of Tambovskie organized criminal group have been finished in the Kuibyshevsky District Court of St. Petersburg. If the court upholds the stance of the state prosecution, the once-influential criminal ‘authority’ may be convicted to almost 25 years behind bars. In reality, this translates into a life term for the legend of criminal St. Petersburg.