The mayor of Makhachkala, the capital of the Russia’s troubled North Caucasus republic of Daghestan, has officially been charged with involvement in the killing of a senior state investigator.
Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on June 4 that Said Amirov is suspected of ordering the 2011 killing of Investigative Committee official Arsen Gadjibekov.
Amirov was arrested over the weekend and transferred to a detention center in Moscow.
Two alleged associates have also been charged.
Amirov, 59, was first elected mayor in 1998.
He has survived more than a dozen assassination attempts.
One attempt in 1993 left him paralyzed and wheelchair-bound.
Daghestan, an ethnically mixed, mostly Muslim region between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea, has become the most violence-plagued province in the North Caucasus in recent years.
Based on reporting by Interfax and RIA-Novosti