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    The Arashukov clan did not inspire the jury // The former senator from the KChR was found guilty of murders and embezzlement

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    The jury of the Moscow City Court delivered a guilty verdict in the criminal case of the former senator from the Karachay-Cherkess Republic (KChR) Rauf Arashukov, his father, ex-adviser to the general director of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Raul Arashukov and three security officials who helped them. The prosecution managed to prove their involvement in organized crime theft (OPS), murders and obstruction of justice. .

    The first question concerned the proof of the participation of the defendants in the embezzlement (part 4 of article 160 of the Criminal Code) 266,748,847 rubles. 13 kopecks belonging to OAO Stavropolkraigas, which was later renamed Gazprom Gas Distribution Stavropol. After the answer about the recognition of the very fact of theft (the question, in which the alleged crime was described in detail, stretched for almost four pages), the jury had to say whether Raul Arashukov was involved in it and whether he deserved leniency.

    Answering these and 45 more questions on “economic crimes”, the jury found Raul Arashukov and his son guilty and not deserving of leniency. Then they, examining the circumstances of the murders (Article 105 of the Criminal Code) in 2010 of the leader of the Adyghe Khase youth movement Aslan Zhukov and the adviser to the head of the KChR Fral Shebzukhov, recognized the Arashukovs as the masterminds of these crimes and not deserving of leniency.

    The subsequent questions were devoted to accusations related to the activities of law enforcement officers from the KChR. In particular, they said that the regional security forces were trying to hide the evidence in the case of the murder of Mr. Zhukov – they removed from the details of the connections of the phone used by the killers, the numbers that could give them away; coerced a witness to testify that she had seen the alleged killers on a date other than the day of the attack. In addition, it was said in the questions that under pressure from the security forces, the defendant, ex-director of the Gazprom Mezhregiongaz branch in Mineralnye Vody, Guzer Khashukaev, testified that he confessed to the crime after being tortured with electric current, and therefore his testimony is invalid.

    Mr. Khashukaev himself was then accused of false denunciation, as well as embezzlement committed as part of the OPS (part 2 of article 306 and part 4 of article 160 of the Criminal Code). He was found guilty of both crimes, but he deserved leniency. countering extremism of the Republican Ministry of Internal Affairs Timur Betuganov, the jury, following the investigators of the Main Investigative Directorate of the ICR, found guilty under Part 3 of Art. 286 (abuse of office). At the same time, Mr. Filippov, the people’s judges considered, is worthy of indulgence. He, unlike other security officials, was acquitted of participation in the OPS (Article 210 of the Criminal Code). The Arashukovs were charged under Part 4 of Art. 309 (bribery or coercion to testify, to evade testifying, or to mistranslate). In this crime, Arashukov Sr. was acquitted.

    In the 115th question, the prosecution again returned to maChinations. It was about proving the theft (Article 159 of the Criminal Code) of gas in the amount of 678,503 cubic meters worth 4,516,498,000 rubles, owned by Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Cherkessk LLC and the guilt of Raul Arashukov in this crime (question No. 116), which he committed, “ possessing official influence, significance and authority of the position held. The last question was whether he deserved leniency or not. The jury again considered his guilt fully proven without leniency.

    In question No. 116 of the state prosecution, which was represented by Maria Semenenko and Gulchekhr Ibragimova, well-known in many cases with the participation of jurors, it was also said that Arashukov Sr. provided free gas supply to his Adiyuh Palace hotel, and this despite the fact that the asset itself was estimated at almost 400 million rubles.

    taken from them.

    The greed of the defendants was also mentioned, for example, they left the house of a school teacher without gas supply because of the debts attributed to him. As a result, the father of three children was forced to litigate for 12 years, and then switch from gas to electricity.

    them statements. The court cited evidence that one of these applicants died shortly after the refusal. And the prosecutor who tried to help them was fired.

    As a result, Rauf Arashukov, found guilty on all counts and without leniency, faces a life sentence. His father, investigator Filippov and businessman Khashukaev (the only one who pleaded guilty) can count on significant reductions in terms, but Messrs. Bulatov and Betuganov – no.

    According to the version of the ICR, which was fully recognized by the people’s judges, from 2007 to 2017, Raul Arashukov and a number of his accomplices (their case is being considered separately) in the KChR, Stavropol and Dagestan organized a fictitious gas supply to false addresses. They created fictitious personal accounts in the Gazprom Mezhregiongaz databases linked to a payer with an invalid address or not linked to him at all. Thus, according to the prosecution, the members of the OPS created conditions for the artificial formation of the so-called gas imbalance, and then reported in their reports to Gazprom that it was impossible to collect payment from subscribers in full for the fuel that was sold to them. The members of the OPS themselves and their relatives received gas for free.

    According to the TFR, ex-senator Arashukov did not directly participate in these frauds, but contributed to the activities of the OPS. Also, the members of the community, according to the indictment, squandered (part 4 of article 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) another 747 million rubles on payments to relatives and friends in the form of salaries. “Mezhregiongaz”.

    The most serious crimes charged to the gentlemen Arashukovs were the murders of Aslan Zhukov and Fral Shebzukhov.

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