A 32 year-old Russia senator identifed as Rauf Arashukov has been apprehended over an alledged murder case, he was arrested during a session of the Federation Council, the upper chamber of Russia’s parliament.
He is suspected of involvement in murders of two high-ranking officials from his Muslim-dominated state of Karachay-Cherkessia, as well trying to pressure a witness to one of the 2010 killings.
During the Wednesday plenary, senators voted in favor of stripping Arashukov of his immunity after Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Yakovlevich Chaika requested the move.
Arashukov tried to flee the room at one point, but the exit was blocked by security, according to sources cited by the TASS agency.
Following his arrest, he claimed to have insufficient knowledge of Russian, prompting investigators to provide him with a translator.
Russia’s Investigative Committee believes Arashukov is involved in the murders of Karachay-Cherkessia presidential advisor Fral Shebzuhov and the deputy leader of state’s youth movement, Aslan Zhukov.
Arashukov is also suspected of a brutal beating of a local deputy who reportedly gathered evidence against him in September 2018, according to a source cited by Interfax.
Some Russian media outlets also reported Arashukov tampered with his United Arab Emirates residence permit to bypass the residency requirements needed to serve as senator in Russia.
Arashukov rejects the allegations.