Human rights defenders opine that Belykh could die in prison

Human rights defenders opine that Belykh could die in prison
Nikita Belykh

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.

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