Rauf Arashukov, a Russian lawmaker 32-year-old who represents the minority Russian Karachaevo-Cherkessiya region, was arrested on Wednesday during a session of the upper house of parliament to face questions over two murders.
He failed in a bid to flee the chamber. The senator tried to leave when his colleagues abruptly voted to strip him of his parliamentary immunity. He was arrested and escorted from the building. The session of parliament during which Mr Arashukov was detained was closed to reporters and that Federal Guards Service officers had blocked entry to the chamber.The Investigative Committee said Arashukov was being questioned as a suspect in the murders of a local youth activist and an adviser to the head of the southern Russian region of Karachaevo-Cherkessiya, in 2010.
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Arashukov is also suspected of pressuring a witness. Three people testified against Mr Arashukov and accused him. He denies the accusations. According to current regulations he had the right to speak and explain himself before the arrest but he declined the opportunity. Arashukov could face life in prison if convicted of murder. Mr Arashukov is the son of a prominent businessman. a senior manager at the gas company Gazprom. Later on Wednesday, investigators announced that Mr Arashukov’s father, Raul, 59, had been detained on suspicion of embezzling 30 billion rubles’ (£347m) worth of gas supplies. Homes and buildings linked to the Arashukov family were searched in several cities across Russia.