Russian lawmaker arrested on senate floor for murders

Russian lawmaker detained in parliament for 2010 murders

Arashukov, a son of a prominent businessman, 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.

According to reports in the Russian media, three witnesses have testified that the 32-year-old senator from Karachay-Cherkessia was involved in the killing of a youth activist named Aslan Zhukov and the death of Fral Shebzukhov, an adviser who worked for then Karachay-Cherkessia President Boris Ebzeyev.

Senator Rauf Arashukov was detained on Wednesday during a session of the federation council, the upper house of the Federal Assembly of Russia, and charged with murder, witness tampering and involvement in organised crime.

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. He pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges later on Wednesday.

- The RTVi online news outlet cited an unnamed source close to the investigation as saying that Bastrykin had been a family friend of the Arashukovs.

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

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- Although Arashukov's dramatic capture within the walls of the Federation Council was unprecedented, he is far from the first senator to face criminal charges. Global arrest warrants have been issued for three former senators, while a fourth ex-senator faces fraud charges.

Mr Arashukov was later shown in footage published by the Investigative Committee being led in handcuffs by security officers to a detention facility from a van.

During questioning, Arashukov said that his Russian was not good enough and asked for a translator, Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said, adding that the request was granted.

- However, the ruling United Russia party has suspended both Arashukov junior and Arashukov senior's membership.

A court in Moscow later denied bail to Arashukov, deciding to keep him behind bars for two months while the probe continues.

- The next trial date has not yet been set.

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