PMC: Nikita Belykh may lose a leg in prison

PMC: Nikita Belykh may lose a leg in prison
Nikita Belykh

According to Deputy Chairwoman of the Public Monitoring Commission of Moscow Eva Merkacheva, former Governor of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh, accused of taking a bribe on an especially large scale, started to look like a disabled person during his detention in remand prison.

According to RIA Novosti, Merkacheva revealed that the former governor is greatly concerned about the problems with his right leg, and fears that the lack of skilled care may result in leg amputation.

The PMC member noted that Nikita Belykh suffers severe pain in his leg and can barely walk.

"When I visited him in the pre-trial detention center, he looked like a disabled person – looking drawn and pale, lost a few kilos. They told him they will get qualified medical help if there is no health improvement," Merkacheva said.

Meanwhile, the lawyer of the former Kirov region governor Andrey Grokhotov previously reported that Belykh gained 20 kg due to deteriorating health while in detention. Apart from grade 2 diabetes, Belykh has problems with the endocrine system.

A week earlier, Moskovsky Komsomolets wrote that the ex-governor was examined by prison doctors, but the prescription drugs did not help him.

Let us recall that the former governor of the Kirov region was detained June 24, 2016 in Moscow restaurant when receiving a bribe for the overall protection of Novovyatskiy Lyzhny Kombinat (Ski Factory) JSC and Lesokhozyaystvennaya upravlyayushchaya kompaniya (Forestry management company) LLC. A criminal case for taking a bribe on an especially large scale (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code) was initiated against the ex-governor; he faces up to 15 years in prison. According to investigation, Belykh received a total of 400 thousand euros. He does not plead guilty and denies receiving the bribe. December 21, the Basmanny Court of Moscow extended the arrest for Belykh until March 24, 2017.

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