Exclusive details in Belykh's case
An inspection of investigators, who launched a criminal investigation into the governor of the Kirov region, is carried out.
There is an abrupt turn in the case of Nikita Belykh, who is suspected in taking multimillion bribe at Lotte Plaza restaurant in the center of Moscow on June 24. According to a source with knowledge, the Chief Inspectorate Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has carried out an inspection of papers of a case, which are constituted a ground for criminal proceedings against Belykh, with a view to legalness. The source added that Belykh’s detention "sparked public outcry and discussion among lawyers, human rights activists", including social networks.
The in-house document is placed under Crime Russia orders.
It is a reminder that the governor of the Kirov Region was detained for taking a part of the bribe in an amount equal to 400 000 euros on June 24, 2016. At the same time, according to investigators, the sum was the third tranche. The Investigative Committee deemed that Belykh has received the money for the protection of Novovyatskiy ski Factory Joint stock company and Forest Management Company Limited liability company in the course of the implementation of investment projects.
A criminal proceeding against Belykh launched under the Part 6 Article 290 of the Criminal Code. By the decision of the Basmanny court of Moscow he was taken into a custody for a term of 2 months. The governor does not admit his guilt. In court he claimed that he does not deny a receipt of funds, but they were intended for city’s needs. July 6 lawyers of Belykh asked the Moscow City Court to release his client on bail of 28 million rubles. According to the lawyer, this amount “can be raised by friends, family and colleagues of Belykh”. Earlier the defense team asked for his release from custody on grounds of ill health. However, the court does not find reason for remission of the servant not only on caution bail, but also on he guarantee of political and public figures.
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