Nikita Belykh to serve sentence in Kirov region

Nikita Belykh to serve sentence in Kirov region
Nikita Belykh on the day of sentencing

The former governor is more likely to be sent to a colony at the place of residence. Rights defenders learned this from sources in the Federal Penitentiary Service structures.

It is most likely that ex-Governor of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh, sentenced to 8 years in a strict-regime colony, will serve his sentence in the region, which he used to head for a long time. According to Moskovsky Komsomolets, a source in the Federal Penitentiary Service structures shared this with rights defenders.

The publication previously learned that the correctional camp No. 13 (IK-13) in Nizhny Tagil had been regarded as one of the potential options for Nikita Belykh’s imprisonment. The colony is known for the fact that Brezhnev's son-in-law Yury Churbanov had served time for bribing in it. However, the Federal Penitentiary Service refuted this information, especially since this is a general-regime colony, and Belykh was sentenced to strict regime.

Replying to member of the Public Council of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service Eva Merkacheva, the service said that the ex-governor would certainly not be sent to the Sverdlovsk Region, Mordovia, or Kolyma to serve his sentence. He would serve it at the place of his residence in accordance with the legislation. Belykh is registered in the Kirov region, and he is unable to change his registration to Moscow (at the place of his wife’ residence) while in detention.

The publication notes that Nikita Belykh will stay from 3 months to 6 months in the Moscow pre-trial detention center Lefortovo after he is discharged from the Matrosskaya Tishina hospital – this is how long it usually takes to consider an appeal.

Nikita Belykh’s wife Ekaterina Belykh (Reyfert) says that the spouses are against the Kirov region as a place for serving the sentence for several reasons – Belykh’s wife lives and works in Moscow, and it will be hard for her to regularly visit the Kirov region for transferring parcels and visiting her husband in jail. Moreover, Nikita Belyh is ill, and it is unlikely he will be provided with professional medical care in the region, Ekaterina Reyfert believes. In her petition, she intends to request that her husband serve his sentence in the Moscow region or nearby regions, such as the Kaluga region.

It is noteworthy that the law allows serving a sentence at the location of the court. There are no colonies in Moscow. There is a single strict-regime colony in the Moscow region, but allegedly it is full.

More than 10 thousand people serve their sentences in the Kirov region. There are as many as six strict-regime colonies. Half of them have a reputation of the so-called ‘red zones’, where the power is held by the administration, and not by criminals.

To recall, February 1, the Presnensky Court of Moscow sentenced the former governor of the Kirov region, accused of bribe-taking on an especially large scale, to 8 years’ imprisonment in a strict-regime colony and a fine of 48.5 million rubles ($857,480).

It should be noted that the former governor’s health declined a lot during the investigation. He is currently at the Matrosskaya Tishina hospital. Health workers monitor his blood pressure and blood sugar all the time. Even if he ends up in a good colony, prison doctors will not be able to constantly monitor his condition, and as a consequence, he may have a diabetic coma that will lead to death at any time, human rights activists say.

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