Nikita Belykh left without TV and orthopedic mattress in pre-trial detention center
Former Governor of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh has been unable to get the necessary things in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center for several months, Executive Secretary of the Moscow Public Monitoring Commission (PMC) Ivan Melnikov said.
However, despite the requests of human rights defenders, the former governor has yet to get an orthopedic mattress, which he requires for health reasons. The detention center administration promised to resolve the situation, but there are still no changes, Melnikov noted.
According to the human rights defender, Belykh, who was sentenced to 8 years’ imprisonment for bribery in February 2018, complains of nothing and is waiting for to be transferred to a colony. It was previously reported that most likely, Belykh would be sent to serve his sentence in the Kirov region, at the place of residence.
May 10, the Moscow City Court rejected an appeal against Belykh’s verdict. He was deprived of his right to hold positions in state and municipal educational institutions for a period of three years, however, the rest the verdict was left unchanged.
February 1, the Presnensky Court of Moscow sentenced the ex-governor of the Kirov region to 8 years in a strict-regime colony, acquitted him for two corruption episodes. In addition to imprisonment, the Court fined Belykh for 48 million rubles ($770,160).
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?