Human rights defenders opine that Belykh could die in prison
The ex-Governor of the Kirov region has diabetes and may slip into a coma any moment without proper medical care
The Moscow Public Monitoring Commission (PMC) comments on the claims of the prosecution against former Governor of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh, convicted of bribery. Eva Merkacheva, the deputy chairman of the Moscow PMC, says that Belykh will not be able to outlive in the colony because of a serious illness. The human rights activist explains that 10 years for Belykh would be "a death penalty."
During the investigation process, health of the ex-Governor has seriously deteriorated. At the moment, he is in a Matrosskaya Tishina hospital. Medical workers monitor his blood pressure and blood sugar all the time. If the court decides on his arrest, prison doctors will not be able to monitor his condition, and as a consequence, he can may slip into a coma at any moment and die.
"A severe sentence will kill him," human rights activist Merkacheva says about Nikita Belykh.
Recall, former Governor of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh is accused of bribery. According to the investigation, Belykh received a bribe from businessman Albert Laritsky in the amount of 200 thousand euros for patronage and assistance in conducting business in the region. After that, according to the investigation, Belykh demanded another bribe from Laritsky in the amount of 400 thousand euros, but he was already caught on bribe-taking.
The prosecution demands a 10 years’ imprisonment in a strict regime colony and a fine of 100 million rubles ($1.7m). Belykh is to stand with last plea on January 26.
Several new criminal cases against corrupt officials have been instituted in Dagestan. The high-ranked suspects include Abdulmedzhid Suleimanov, ex-Mayor of Izberbash; Amir Magomedov, ex-Head of the Izberbash Administration; Magomed Dzhelilov, Head of the Derbent District; and El’dar Karagishiev, Head of the Babayurt District. In the past, all of them were suspected of similar crimes – but somehow managed to get off the hook. The new arrests occur amid the anti-corruption campaign in the republican law enforcement structures. What are the true reasons behind the new wave of the personnel purge? Can the anti-corruption slogans conceal a fierce battle waged by local clans for redistribution of assets with the purpose to create a new ‘untouchable’ elite in Dagestan?