Belykh promised to be released from pre-trial detention center, if he testifies against Navalny in Kirovles case

Belykh promised to be released from pre-trial detention center, if he testifies against Navalny in Kirovles case
Nikita Belykh

Sources report that the ex-Governor of the Kirov Region can make a deal with investigation. Probably, due to this fact, the defendant changed his lawyers.

The former Governor of the Kirov Region, Nikita Belykh, who was accused of bribery, was offered to turn in Alexey Navalny with regard to the case of Kirovles. For that, the ex-official was promised to have his pre-trial restriction changed: from the pre-detention center he will be placed under house arrest. The proposal was addressed to the arrested by officials of the Presidential Administration, Vedomosti reports with reference to a person familiar close to Belykh.

In addition, the source told the publication that the recent change of the ex-official’s lawyers was due to this fact (Vadim Prokhorov and Olga Mikhailova were dismissed from the Belykh’s case on November 9). The former and current defenders refused to comment on the information.

Another source close to the investigation said that the change of lawyers due to the fact that the arrested ex-governor can make a deal with the investigation and admit guilt. However, he said that investigators have little interest in the testimony against Navalny since "there will be too much noise."

According to experts, the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) sets out that the agreement with the investigation can include only testimonies against accomplices, but not the ones in a completely different case. However, in July, the CPC was completed with an explanation of how the prosecutor must explain the deal to the accused. Now, the word crime is in the plural, that is, there may be several crimes for which the accused should testify. But the basic rules remain unchanged and must be used exactly as they are, reports the expert.

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the reports a spoof story and the fact that the representatives of the Presidential Administration offered Belykh to testify against Navalny preposterous. According to Peskov, the Kremlin has no effect on the investigative actions.

As the CrimeRussia previously reported, Kirov Region Governor Nikita Belykh was detained on June 24 at a Moscow restaurant while receiving the third tranche of a bribe from a businessman Yuri Zudkhaymer, the owner of the Novovyatskiy ski factory. This money the ex-Governor allegedly demanded for the election needs. The next day, Belykh was arrested on charges of Bribe-Taking (Part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code), in the total amount of 400 thousand euros.

With regard to Navalny’s case, in July 2013, the Leninsky District Court of Kirov sentenced Alexey Navalny and Petr Ofitserov to 5 and 4 years of imprisonment respectively on charges of theft of property of the company Kirovles. Subsequently, the prosecution appealed the sentence, and in October of the same year, the court made the sentence suspended. On November 16, the Supreme Court decided to refer the case for a review. The court took this decision in connection with the conclusion of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which in February this year, pointed on the violation of the right to due process of law in this case. A new trial is scheduled for December 5.



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