Nikita Belykh hospitalized
It is unclear whether the former governor will be able to attend the hearing.
The ex-governor of the Kirov region accused of taking a €600.000-bribe has been hospitalized. His lawyer Andrei Grokhotov said that he had been taken to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina detention facility.
"We had been asking for his hospitalization for months, and now, at last, he is there. Doctors will make sure he is examined and treated, and it's unclear as to how long it might take," Grokhotov said.
The lawyer also noted that the doctors would determine whether his client would be able to attend the trial in the Presnensky court of Moscow.
On August 22, the Presnensky Court of Moscow extended the detention term of the ex-governor until February 4, 2018.
Nikita Belykh is accused of taking a bribe on an especially large scale: €600.000, for acting in the interest of the bribers and companies controlled by them (Novovyatsky Ski Factory and Forest Management Company). In addition, he is charged with patronage and connivance when the Kirov region administration was overseeing investment projects and entrepreneurial activities.
Nikita Belykh was detained on June 24, 2016 in a Moscow restaurant. The next day the Moscow Basmanny Court put him into custody.
On September 21, kingpin Vladimir Vagin, aka Vagon, hanged himself. Two years earlier another thief in law Max Pioner also committed suicide. Vagon's lawyer does not believe in the version of suicide and intends to apply for a forensic medical examination.