Putin dismissed Head of Kirov Region Nikita Belykh
The Kirov Region Governor, accused of corruption, was removed from his office due to the loss of confidence.
President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on dismissal and early termination of powers of the Governor of Kirov Region Nikita Belykh in connection with the loss of confidence, the Kremlin press service reports.
The former Head of the State Register Igor Vasiliev was appointed as the acting Head of the region.
Earlier, deputies of the Legislative Assembly of the Kirov Region have already discussed the non-confidence motion against Nikita Belykh at the plenary session, yet the initiative had no support.
In addition, the State Duma proposed to introduce a special procedure for criminal cases, which involve elected governors. Nikita Belykh became the Head of the region for his second term as a result of the elections in 2014. Earlier, the Governor was appointed at his office as a result of approval of majority of deputies of the Legislative Assembly of Kirov Region for his first term.
A criminal case against Nikita Belykh under Part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code was initiated. He was taken into custody by the decision of the Basmanny court. The Governor did not recognize his guilt. During the trial, he stated that he did not denied to take the money, but claimed that they were intended for the needs of the city.
Also Nikita Belykh excluded political aspect in his criminal case.
Former member of the Federation Council believes that this once again points to numerous violations and falsification of evidence during the investigation of his criminal case on charges of bribe-taking in the amount of 27.5 million rubles ($457 thousand).