The head of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh was remanded in custody by decision of the Basmanny court of Moscow. The official charged with receiving a bribe in especially large size. The Governor claims that bribes are not received, and took money from a foreign investor to the needs of the region. The Kremlin says that the investigation works independently, without consultation with the leadership of the country, but the President is in the know.
The court case
“I do not recognize guilt, no criminal activity, I did – not take a bribe, and I don’t take”
Basmanny court of Moscow has accepted the decision on arrest of the Governor of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh. This decision was made by the duty judge Artur Karpov, involved in the “Magnitsky list” and “list Savchenko”, against whom the sanctions in a number of Western countries, RIA “Novosti”.
Before Saturday, the UK has charged White charged with receiving a bribe in especially large size and has directed to court the petition for arrest of the Governor.
Investigators want to arrest White before, but could not apply due to the late time, the court office had closed. For the same reasons associated with the agenda, from Saturday morning to the courthouse couldn’t get a White wife, came to support him, and the lawyers of the accused. A petition for custody at that time not yet officially entered the judge.
In the end, the head of the Kirov region have been delivered in Basmanny court of Moscow was arrested.
Note that White does not recognize his guilt. During the meeting he stated that he did not take a bribe, and took the money from the foreign investor to the needs of the Kirov. He also intends to prove his innocence. “I want to prove that I did not take bribes, do not take and do not intend ever to do so. It is my goal, not to flee abroad and to comment there about the state of our judicial system”, – quotes the words of the Governor of RIA “news”.
“I do not recognize guilt, no criminal activity, I did – not take a bribe, and I don’t take. All the evidence I gave to the investigator and is willing to cooperate with the investigation and further”, – said the accused.
White’s lawyer Vadim Prokhorov has already declared that White in addition to appeal to the European court of human rights.
Before the arrest of his client, Prokhorov told the court about the impeccable reputation of the accused and offered to release him on bail or to elect him a measure of restraint in the form of house arrest. But the court rejected the defense motion, as well as the previous – to postpone the decision on the arrest.
By the investigation and accusations on Saturday, the court resorted to the following argument: while at liberty (having been released on bail), Nikita Belykh will be able to influence the process.
“The results of operational search activities carried out by the FSB, which provides support of a criminal investigation. According to these data, it has a realistic opportunity to put pressure on witnesses, to threaten them, seeking to change her testimony, as well as the opportunity to conceal evidence,” said the investigator.
He also noted that crime committed by Whites, systematic and continuing, reports TASS.
As said the official representative of the Investigative Committee of Russia Vladimir Markin, Nikita Belykh accused of receiving a bribe in especially large amount (part 6, item 290 of the criminal code).
According to investigators, as outlined in the Department message, received by the newspaper VIEW, Nikita Belykh personally and through a mediator received a bribe in especially large size for a total amount of 400 thousand euros (which corresponds to 24.1 million rubles) for actions in favor of the briber and its controlled JSC “Novovyatskiy ski works” and LLC “Forest management company”, and for General patronage and connivance in the service in the implementation arbitello Kirov region monitoring the progress of implementation of investment projects by companies and business activities in the territory of the Kirov region.
According to reports from reliable sources, after the arrest of the Governor was in the detention center. According to the criminal code, alleged White crime is punishable by a fine of up to one hundred times the amount of the bribe or by deprivation of liberty for a term of 8 to 15 years, with most media call a period of up to 10 years in prison.
After the detention investigative actions started in Moscow and in the region. In administration of the Kirov area already searched.
We will remind, on Friday evening, investigators together with employees of FSB have detained the Governor of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh when receiving a bribe in one of the Moscow restaurants.
Arrested him red-handed, immediately upon receiving the money, so in a matter of hours at the disposal of the media were evidence of this fact: from photos of the scene on which the Governor sits in front of numerous bundles of the currency, before the video from the entrance of the TFR, where the official is held for questioning in handcuffs and accompanied by special forces.
The money was handed over to the Governor, was “labeled” – published on SK pictures can be seen lying on the table of bills for 100 euros, which security officers check with a UV lamp. The other picture is the same device they Shine on the hands of Whites.
The President is aware
“The President was informed about the detention, of course law enforcement and investigative agencies work independently, so here about some sort of consultation in advance of the question”, – quotes RIA “Novosti” Peskov statement in response to the question whether Putin informed in advance about the impending arrest of the Governor of the Kirov region.
Also Peskov was asked to comment on the possible removal of White from office. “You know, this President will decide at what point to resign. Now I can not such a decision to announce, it will be his decision,” Peskov said.
“In General, on the White you can say one thing: the investigators are investigating, the prosecution is accusing the defense protects. And we all have statutory rights are appropriate. Before the court decision did anything to call guilty it is impossible”, – said Peskov.
In addition, the press Secretary of the President were asked to rate the effectiveness of White in the Governor’s office.
“I wouldn’t do it. Has the appropriate ratings that different expert organizations are probably better to focus on ratings that are based on specific criteria,” – said Peskov.
We will add that last June the rating of efficiency of governors, compiled by the Foundation for civil society development, includes of White on the 70th place out of 85. In the previous ranking it was on the 67th place.
Nikita Belykh was in Moscow in business trip, the acting head of the Kirov region at this time was officially appointed Deputy Chairman of the government Alexey Kuznetsov. Later the information appeared that the Vice while White will perform his duties in turn.
In case of resignation of White early elections of the Governor of the Kirov region can pass for 18 September. According to the Secretary of the CEC, Maya Grishina, “the law says that early elections take place in a single day of voting”.
Reaction and background
Many of the arrest of the Governor has caused shock and surprise. In particular, Deputy Chairman of the government of the Kirov region Alexander Galitsky said that he was “shocked” by this information.
For the regional branch of LDPR the arrest of the Governor, too, was a surprise: “Like thunder from a clear sky”, – said the coordinator of the regional branch of Vladimir Kostin.
The head of the Federation Council Committee on regional policy Dmitry Azarov noted that information on the situation with the White is amazing, but noted that “every time surprised when they hold high-ranking officials at the regional level, including governors and heads of cities.” The Senator believes that such detention is a manifestation of systematic work on the fight against corruption, but “conclusions to do while early”.
As reported by the newspaper OPINION, White was the third in recent times by the current Governor, detained by Russian law enforcement agencies. The other two Sakhalin Governor Alexander Horoshavin and the head of Komi Vyacheslav Gaizer.
“Anticipating the hysteria that raise in such cases, supporters and colleagues, I hasten to cool the ardor of: corruption-related crimes is not a political color. I think that the citizens of prizes and Gaiser can confirm this. To paraphrase a famous expression – “a Bribe does not smell… but sometimes glowing. Bribe – it Africa bribe.” The only thing that can guarantee the result, is a comprehensive and objective investigation,” – said the official representative of the UK Markin.
By the way, is one of the “things White” featured in the “Bulk business”. Bulk for some time was the adviser of the Governor of the Kirov region. Subsequently, Kirovskiy period” Bulk of the work is attracted the attention of the investigating authorities and became the subject of much litigation.
Nikita Belykh, head of the government of Kirov region since January 2009. In September 2014, was re-elected for a second term. In autumn 2013 the Communists of the Kirov region have accused White of taking bribes from the largest in the region “Vyatka-Bank” in the form of a luxury car.
Prior to joining the region, he headed the political Council of the party “Union of right forces, was a Vice-Governor of the Perm region.Related posts: