Bribe to Governor Belykh was "determined arbitrarily"

Bribe to Governor Belykh was "determined arbitrarily"
Nikita Belykh

The witness in the case of the former head of the Kirov region told how he had been giving a bribe of 200 thousand euros.

At the trial in the case of the former governor of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh witness Albert Laritsky told how he had given the defendant the bribe worth 200 thousand euros.

According to Laritsky, at first he turned to the trusted person of Belykh, Sergei Shcherchkov, so that he helped him to lease forest plots. "Shcherchkov promised to do everything, while hinting that we needed to thank the Governor. I do not remember how exactly it was done, but this was the message," said Laritsky. Afterwards, Laritsky gave a bribe of 200 thousand euros to Shcherchkov through the director of Novovyatsky timber processing plant (NLK), Vladimir Sysolyatin. "I determined the amount arbitrarily, keeping in mind the profits I could get," the witness added.

Laritsky also noted that he had not checked whether the money had reached Belykh or not. It was enough for him that his lease deal was a success.

Albert Laritsky filed a claim against Belykh immediately as he learned of his arrest. At that time he was in detention center, but the convict rejects the assumption that he could be pressed.

Nikita Belykh is accused of taking bribes in the amount of 600 thousand euros (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Today, the ex-Governor will end his testimony, and the prosecutor started to interrogate the first witness - owner of NLK Albert Laritsky.

Incidentally, Laritsky himself was also tried in the past, in 2016. Already after the arrest of Belykh he was found guilty of Swindling on an especially large scale. He fully admitted his guilt in the theft of more than a quarter of a billion rubles ($4.3m) in the form of loans from Sberbank. By a court decision, he was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

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