Pressuring witness: Russian lawmaker arrested on senate floor for murders

Pressuring witness: Russian lawmaker arrested on senate floor for murders

Pressuring witness: Russian lawmaker arrested on senate floor for murders

Arashukov was detained in the upper house of the Federal Assembly of Russian Federation.

He pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges.

"He tried to get up and leave the session".

- The Investigative Committee's video showed Arashukov smiling during talks with his attorney.

He was charged with murder, tampering with witnesses and being involved in organized crime, the newspaper said.

Arashukov is also suspected of pressuring a witness in the Zhukov case.

A Russian lawmaker suspected of contracting two murders was detained on Wednesday at the Russian parliament in front of stunned deputies after he tried to escape but was stopped by the parliament speaker.

Moscow's Basmanny Court has ordered Rauf Arashukov, a senator from Karachay-Cherkessia, remand in custody for two months on charges of ordering two murders and setting up a criminal group, a TASS correspondent reported from the courtroom. Arashukov was a member of the ruling United Russia party and had been a senator since 2016. Doing little to allay concerns about why it had taken so long to catch him, Speaker Matvienko explained that the alleged crimes had taken place before he became a senator. She said that she told him that the rules gave him the right to comment about the matter but that he declined. He became a regional cabinet member at the age of 21.

Arashukov is suspected of orchestrating the killing of public figures in Karachaevo-Cherkessiya in 2010.

Raul Arashukov is a lawmaker in Karachai-Cherkessia and has worked as an adviser to the CEO of Mezhregiongaz, an affiliate of state-controlled gas giant Gazprom, since 2011.

Later on Wednesday, investigators announced that Arashukov's father, Raul, who is a top manager at the gas company Gazprom, has been detained on suspicion of embezzling 30 billion rubles' worth of gas supplies. Searches related to the case were conducted in 11 cities.

- Investigators said Arashukov had claimed to be "insufficiently proficient in Russian" and had asked for an interpreter. The man's sister past year publicly came forward against Arashukov.

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