Senator Arashukov says he was aware of investigative actions before detention

Senator Arashukov says he was aware of investigative actions before detention
Arashukov during the trial

He also complained about the conditions of detention in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center, comparing it with a punishment cell.

The Moscow City Court has left in custody Senator Rauf Arashukov, thus rejecting his lawyers’ appeal against arrest. The Federation Council member will remain in the pre-trial detention center at least until March 30. During the trial, Arashukov said that his detention was of tailor-made character, because he knew beforehand about the investigative actions against him. “Three days before, I was already aware what they were going to do. If I had wanted to escape, I would have had time to do this. I knew about all these special operations — the detention and stuff — on Sunday. I knew everything, but made no attempt to escape, thus letting them finish what they started. And I believe that our country is the best and the most democratic one,” he said in the Moscow City Court. Arashukov also complained about the conditions of detention in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center. He compared the quarantine ward, where he was held, with a punishment cell. According to him, there was a man sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment for Terrorism in the same cell. "This won’t do. How could that happen? I’ve had trouble sleeping third day in a row. They’ve soiled my name and dragging me through the mud."

Arashukov's lawyer Sergey Shishov said that he filed an application for participation in investigative actions with the defendant with the Investigative Committee on January 28. Allegedly, he learned about his client’s detention only from the media.

To recall, January 30, officers of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation and the FSB detained Karachay-Cherkessia Senator Rauf Arashukov at a meeting of the Federation Council in Moscow on suspicion of organizing two murders commited in 2010. His father Raul Arashukov was detained in the Gazprom building in St. Petersburg. Arashukov Sr. was taken to Moscow by plane. Investigator charged him with Organization of an Organized Criminal Community (Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code) and Swindling on an Especially Large Scale (part 4 of Art. 159). He is charged with embezzling gas worth 31.7 billion rubles ($479 million) from Gazprom.

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