Karachay-Cherkessia senator detained in Russia's Federation Council

  30 January 2019    Read: 1593
Karachay-Cherkessia senator detained in Russia

A Russian lawmaker, who represents the North Caucasus republic of Karachayevo-Cherkessia, Rauf Arashukov, was detained inside Russia’s upper chamber of parliament today.

Before the detention of the 32-year-old parliamentary member, the plenary session of the Federation Council had been closed for the media, and the entry to the session hall was blocked by officers of the Russian Federal Guard Service.

The upper house of Russian parliament, Federation Council, considered an application by the Prosecutor General, stripped Arashukov of his immunity and gave consent to his prosecution.

Russia’s Investigative Committee said that Rauf Arashukov was detained after the Federation Council voted to strip him of immunity from prosecution. Investigators say Arashukov is suspected of orchestrating the killing of two high-profile figures in Karachaevo-Cherkessiya in 2010.

Arashukov has been charged with the murder of Karachay-Cherkessia public youth movement’s deputy chairman Aslan Zhukov, who was shot dead in March 2010 in the regional capital of Cherkessk, as well as the May 2010 murder of the republican president’s advisor Fral Shebzukhov, investigators revealed.

Arashukov was nominated by the local legislature and sent to the Federation Council in 2016 to become the youngest Council member at the age of 31.


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