Rauf Arashukov, a senator representing the Karachayevo-Cherkessia region of Russia’s Northern Caucasus, attends a session of the Federation Council in Moscow on April 12, 2017. (Photo by Peter KASSIN / Kommersant Photo / AFP) /
MOSCOW, Jan 30 (Reuters) – A Russian lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday during a session of parliament. After a failed attempt to flee the chamber, Rauf Arashukov was led away to face questions about two murders.
The dramatic action came after Russia’s senior prosecutor showed up at the plenary session and unexpectedly made the case for the arrest of the 32-year-old Arashukov, Russia’s youngest senator.
The lawmaker tried to leave through the spectator gallery when his colleagues abruptly voted to strip him of his parliamentary immunity, the house speaker said.
“He tried to get up and leave the session. I told him to stay put,” Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko said.
Arashukov was later shown in footage released by the Investigative Committee being led in handcuffs by security officers to a detention facility from a van.
The committee said Arashukov was being questioned as a suspect in the 2010 murders of a youth activist and an adviser to the head of the southern Russian region of Karachaevo-Cherkessiya.
Arashukov denies the accusations, his lawyer was quoted by RIA news agency as saying.
Investigators said Arashukov, who represents the minority Russian Karachaevo-Cherkessiya region in the upper house, was having difficulties with the Russian language and had asked for an interpreter.
Arashukov is the first sitting Russian senator to be detained on murder charges, Bloomberg News said, though Igor Izmestyev was arrested in 2007, the year after he left the senate. Izmestyev received a life sentence for organizing contract killings.
(Reporting by Tom Balmforth; editing by Angus MacSwan)
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