Federation Council removes senator Arashukov charged with murder
MOSCOW, May 22 (RAPSI) – The Federation Council has terminated senator’s powers of Rauf Arashukov charged with murder and participating in a gang, a statement of the upper house of parliament reads.
According to the Federation Council’s Deputy Chair Yury Vorobyev, an upper house’s commission revealed that Arashukov had not submitted his and his relatives’ tax declarations in time.
On March 12, the court suspended Arashukov from the exercise of his duties in the Federation Council.
In April, Moscow’s Basmanny District Court ordered the seizure of assets belonging to Arashukov. The seizure has been applied to monetary funds, land plots, cars and residential houses.
Rauf Arashukov was arrested and detained in late January. The upper house of parliament stripped him of immunity and gave consent to his prosecution upon an application by the Prosecutor General. He stands charged with murder, participation in a gang and witness tampering.
According to investigators, ex-Federation Council member was involved in the murder of a Karachay-Cherkessia public youth movement’s deputy chairman Aslan Zhukov and the republican president’s advisor Fral Shebzukhov in 2010.
Moreover, investigators believe that the former senator is implicated to natural gas embezzlement from Gazprom company.
He has pleaded not guilty.