Russian authorities arrest legislator for two murders under contract

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Russian authorities arrested a legislator on Wednesday in the middle of a parliamentary session related to two murders under contract.

The legislator, Rauf Arashukov, tried to run away when he learned that he was about to be arrested, but he eventually went to the police. according to The Guardian.

Arashukov was arrested in the upper house of the Federal Assembly of Russia.

He has been accused of murder, manipulation of witnesses and participation in organized crime, the newspaper said.

The president of the Federal Assembly banned the press from the parliamentary session, paving the way for a vote to deprive Arashukov of his parliamentary immunity.

He pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges.

Russian MP Rauf Arashukov smiles at a Wednesday hearing in a Moscow court. The inquiry committee stated that Mr. Arashukov, who represents the Karachay-Cherkessiya region in the North Caucasus, was arrested after the Council of the Federation, the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, decided to deprive him of his immunity. Investigators suspect that he played a role in orchestrating the murder of two well-known personalities in 2010. (AP Photo / Alexei Morozov)

Russian MP Rauf Arashukov smiles at a Wednesday hearing in a Moscow court. The inquiry committee stated that Mr. Arashukov, who represents the Karachay-Cherkessiya region in the North Caucasus, was arrested after the Council of the Federation, the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, decided to deprive him of his immunity. Investigators suspect that he played a role in orchestrating the murder of two well-known personalities in 2010. (AP Photo / Alexei Morozov)

The murders to which Arashukov is linked are those of a presidential aide and a young politician from Karachay-Cherkessia, the region he represents.

A lawyer representing the victims said that Arashukov could be linked to four murders.

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"He really tried [to run], Told the press Valentina Matviyenko, president of the Council of the Federation, according to The Guardian. "He tried to get in and out of the session. I told him to sit in his place, because according to the rules, he has the right to speak and to give explanations. "

"He refused this opportunity," she said. "It's also his right."