Rauf Arashukov refuses to testify in Shebzukhov’s murder during confrontation

Rauf Arashukov refuses to testify in Shebzukhov’s murder during confrontation
Rauf Arashukov

He called all testimony a slander and said that he could not be a candidate for the position of the Karachay-Cherkessia Republic head simply because he was “only 24.”

ICR officers have conducted a confrontation between dismissed Karachay-Cherkessia Senator Rauf Arashukov and Rustam Kopsergenov, who is considered to be an accomplice in the murder of Advisor to President of the KCR Fral Shebzukhov. Arashukov is accused of ordering the hit, although, other defendants in the case say he had ordered to beat (not murder) the politician in exchange for 500 thousand rubles ($7,653). Thus, Arashukov tried to intimidate the possible candidate for the post of prime minister of the republic, since he himself expected to become one.

As reported by Kommersant, during the confrontation, Kopsergenov once again confirmed that he had received money from Arashukov and promised to find perpetrators. With the help of his friend, Nazim Kusheterov, he hired KCR natives Magomet Dzhubuev, Alik Tatarkulov, and Timur Tulparov, who had been previously involved in a paid hit. At the same time, he allegedly gave money to Kusheterov, who said that “the issue will be resolved shortly.” The attack on Shebzukhov went wrong, and the perpetrators shot the politician fearing that he would pull out a pistol. Later, the court convicted them under two crime episodes and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from 14 to 19. Kopsergenov could not provide these details, as he did not take part in the attack, however, he once again confirmed that it was Rauf Arashukov who had ordered it.

The latter refused to tell his version of what happened, referring to Art. 51 of the Constitution (the right not to testify against yourself or your family). He called the whole thing a slander.  He also noted that he could not be a candidate for the position of the Karachay-Cherkessia Republic head simply because he was “only 24” in 2010. His lawyer Anna Stavitskaya noted that she considered the testimony of Kopsergenov unconvincing, if only because after the murder of Fral Shebzukhov, Rauf Arashukov did not become the prime minister of the KCR.

Karachay-Cherkessia Senator Rauf Arashukov was detained at a meeting of the Federation Council on January 30. He is charged with Participation in a Criminal Community (part 3 of Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code), Murder of Two or More Persons (part 2 of Art. 105), and Putting Pressure on a Witness (part 4 of Art. 309).

The MP’s father, Raul Arashukov, was also detained. He is charged with stealing gas worth more than 30 billion rubles ($457 million) from Gazprom. The court decided to arrest the Arashukovs for two months. In addition, a number of other people involved in the gas plundering have also been detained.

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