“Things happen to a person in custody.” Nikita Belykh's wife files for divorce
Ekaterina said she made the decision together with her husband.
Nikita Belykh’s wife, Ekaterina, filed for divorce from the former governor of the Kirov region on her birthday, said the Mash Telegram channel.
According to the woman, she made the decision because of numerous threats she kept receiving. Ekaterina said that her husband agreed to that, because she does not want her human rights activities to affect the ex-official’s life.
In particular, she is fighting a gang of mafia realtors, has numerous court hearings, so threats come regularly both to her and Nikita Belykh.
The woman wanted to protect her husband "because things happen to a person in custody."
On February 1, 2018, the Presnensky court of Moscow sentenced the ex-governor of the Kirov region to 8 years in a maximum-security colony, acquitting him on one of two counts of bribery. In addition to imprisonment, the court fined Belykh 48 million rubles. The court found it undisputed that the ex-governor accepted bribes totaling 400 thousand euros from the owner of the Novovyatsky ski complex and the Leskhoz management company, Yuri Zudheimer, personally and through intermediaries in 2014–2016.
On May 10, the Moscow City Court rejected the appeal of the verdict of Nikita Belykh. He was re-allowed to hold positions in state and municipal educational institutions but the rest of the sentence was left unchanged.
On November 14, 2017, Belykh married poetess Ekaterina Reifert in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center. The permission to marry was obtained after Reifert was questioned in the case as a witness. They got married later that month.