Witness told why ex-Governor Belykh took €400 thousand bribe
Deputy director of Sinatel Andrey Yakubuk claims that the former Governor of the Kirov region received €200.000 for an election campaign.
At the trial of the case of former Governor of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh, accused of bribe-taking, deputy director of Sinatel and witness Andrey Yakubuk testified.
In particular, he said that the money was transferred to the ex-Head of the region by owner of the Novovyatsk Ski Plant and Kirovles company Yuri Zudheimer. This is about the amount of €200 thousand that Belykh received for the election campaign in the spring of 2014. According to Yakubuk, the businessman did not want to give this money.
"He understood that problems in the Kirov region could not be solved otherwise. He counted upon supporting the implementation of his investment projects, as with the permission of the Kirov region government, the concept of these projects could develop," TASS quotes the witness.
Earlier at the hearing, businessman Yuri Zudheimer, who handed the bribe to the ex-Head of the Kirov region - a package of wine and €150 thousand - in June 2016, testified too. Immediately after that, Nikita Belykh was detained. According to the investigation, he personally and through an intermediary illegally received €400 thousand.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).