The prosecutor’s office requested 12 years in prison for the ex-governor of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh. Thus, the state prosecution demands that another four years be added to the eight-year term to which Belykh was sentenced.
In 2018, the Presnensky Court of Moscow found the official guilty of accepting bribes from entrepreneurs (Article 290 of the Criminal Code). In addition to his term in prison, he was sentenced to a fine of 48.2 million rubles. Belykh’s arrest occurred on June 24, 2016 in a restaurant in Moscow. At that moment, according to investigators, he received a bribe in the amount of 100 thousand euros in marked banknotes. The governor was entitled to money for assistance from Novovyatsky Ski Combine JSC and Forestry Management Company LLC.
The state prosecution demands that Belykh add four more years to the appointed term in connection with a new criminal case – abuse of power (Articles 285 and 286 of the Criminal Code). It was initiated in 2021 and has been considered in the Oktyabrsky District Court of the city of Kirov since July 5, 2022. The reason for initiating the case was that Belykh, as governor of the Kirov region, allegedly allocated 448 million rubles from the regional budget for the purchase and construction of specialized housing. As a result, it did not receive official status and became the subject of collateral for financial obligations.