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| Fri Feb 01 05:42:34|
Russian MP arrested on senate floor over double murder
Rauf Arashukov suspected of ordering at least two contract killings
A Russian politician has been arrested on the floor of parliament for his suspected role in ordering at least two contract killings.
Senator Rauf Arashukov was detained on Wednesday during a session of the federation council, the upper house of the Federal Assembly of Russia, and charged with murder, witness tampering and involvement in organised crime.
When Arashukov arrived for a regular session of parliament, the house speaker abruptly announced the session closed to the press. Then a vote was announced to relieve Arashukov of his parliamentary immunity to allow him to be charged for murder.
Arashukov attempted to flee through the parliament gallery, but then surrendered to law enforcement, who came to the building to arrest him. He pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges later on Wednesday.
Senators are generally protected by immunity and Arashukov’s colleagues had to agree to his arrest during an extraordinary session of the legislative body. Reports from the courtroom said Arashukov tried to escape the chamber via the balcony while being told to “sit down” by the chairwoman of the Federation Council, often called Russia’s senate.
Witnesses told Russia’s RBC news that the session was interrupted by the country’s prosecutor general and the head of its investigative committee, who announced the charges against Arashukov.
They included the 2010 murders of a presidential aide and youth politician from Arashukov’s native Karachay-Cherkessia, an area in Russia’s North Caucasus region. Arashukov, the son of a prominent businessman, was elected to the body in 2016.
A lawyer for the aggrieved parties said Arashukov may have been responsible for at least four murders.
During the interrogation, Arashukov reportedly requested an interpreter because he did not speak Russian well and required translation into his native language, according to an investigative committee spokeswoman.
Investigators also said they had detained Arashukov’s father, who was suspected of embezzling 30bn rubles (£350m) in gas supplies.
“He really tried [to run],” the the Federation Council speaker, Valentina Matviyenko, told reporters. “He tried to get upstairs and out of the session. I told him to sit in his place, because according to current rules, he has the right to speak and give an explanation.”
“He declined the opportunity,” she said. “That is also his right.”
Russian lawmakers have sometimes used parliamentary immunity to avoid prosecution for crimes. Andrei Lugovoy, who was identified by a 2016 inquiry of having deliberately poisoned the Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, has been an MP since 2007.
| Fri Feb 01 10:46:13|
Russia is a fundamentally corrupt and honorless nation
| Fri Feb 01 11:09:17|
Russia is the Florida of nations
| Fri Feb 01 12:35:49|
A 9 year old murder case got him?
| Fri Feb 01 12:38:24|
‘Maniac vampire’ caught posing as doctor in Russian city of Chelyabinsk
Published time: 1 Feb, 2019 16:12
| Thu Feb 07 07:00:11|
‘Damn Russia’s enemies!’: Video shows WITCHES meet in Moscow to cast spells... in support of Putin
Published time: 6 Feb, 2019 17:20
| Thu Feb 07 08:14:06|
Bust out the Malleus Maleficarum!
| Sat Feb 09 04:32:12|
Russian psychopath who dug up girls’ bodies and turned them into dolls could walk free
Published time: 8 Feb, 2019 13:21
| Sun Feb 10 06:30:46|
Humans should leave the region and give it to the bears.
Russia islands emergency over polar bear 'invasion'
9 February 2019
A remote Russian region has declared a state of emergency over the appearance of dozens of polar bears in its human settlements, local officials say.
Authorities in the Novaya Zemlya islands, home to a few thousand people, said there were cases of bears attacking people and entering residential and public buildings.
Polar bears are affected by climate change and are increasingly forced on to land to look for food.
Russia classes them as endangered.
Hunting the bears is banned, and the federal environment agency has refused to issue licences to shoot them.
The bears had lost their fear of police patrols and signals used to warn them off, meaning that more drastic measures were needed, officials said.
They say that if other means to scare off the bears fail a cull could be the only answer.
The archipelago's main settlement, Belushya Guba, has reported a total of 52 bears in its vicinity, with between six and 10 constantly on its territory.
Local administration head Vigansha Musin said more than five bears were on the territory of the local military garrison, where air and air defence forces are based.
"I've been on Novaya Zemlya since 1983," he said in an official press release. "There's never been such a mass invasion of polar bears."
His deputy said normal life was being disrupted by the threat.
"People are scared, afraid to leave their homes, their daily routines are being broken, and parents are unwilling to let their children go to school or kindergarten," the deputy head of the local administration, Alexander Minayev, said.
With Arctic sea ice diminishing as a result of climate change, polar bears are forced to change their hunting habits and spend more time on land looking for food - which potentially puts them in conflict with humans.
In 2016 five Russian scientists were besieged by polar bears for several weeks at a remote weather station on the island of Troynoy, east of Novaya Zemlya.
| Fri Feb 15 09:41:40|
It took 5 cops to detain 80yo Russian woman accused of butchering a man – reports
Published time: 13 Feb, 2019 04:07
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