Nikita Belykh did not request wedding in pre-trial detention center
Kirov Region Governor Nikita Belykh, who is held in the Lefortovo prison on charges of major bribe-taking, did not file a petition for a wedding. This was reported by the Russian Public Oversight Commission (ONK).
Previously, REN TV reported that Belykh asked the prison administration to allow him a wedding ceremony on July 27.
"According to our information, the Chief of the prison received no such requests. Also, the registration of marriage on July 27 would have broken the legally binding procedure for persons in detention. They can undergo this procedure only a month after a petition has been filed and approved by the investigator," ONK stated.
The commission claims that the lead investigator of Belykh’s criminal case also has not received any petitions for the registration of marriage.
A source of Interfax, who is familiar with the situation, said that Belykh had not applied to the management of the detention center with the request for marriage. The source insists that Belykh only asked if it was possible.
Earlier REN-TV reported that Belykh filed a petition to the prison administration, asking for permission to marry a 30-year-old Ekaterina Reyfert from Moscow. A source of the channel close to Belykh said that the official wanted to hold a wedding ceremony on July 27.
Belykh was arrested on June 24 at a Moscow restaurant. He was charged under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code (Bribe-taking on an especially large scale), which provides for 8 to 15 years in prison. The investigators claim that Belykh received a bribe in the amount of 400 thousand euros in exchange for assisting the Novovyatskiy Ski Factory and Lesokhozyaistvennaya Upravlyajuschaya Kompaniya (Forestry Management Company) in the implementation of their investment projects. The Governor pleads not guilty.
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