In the Presnensky court continued questioning of the former Governor of Kirov region Nikita Belykh. He is accused of receiving bribes for total amount of 600 thousand euros. While White himself claims that he took the money to charity and the campaign. At the last meeting he even compared himself to Yuri Detochkin, while claiming that he acted within the law.
photo: Gennady Cherkasov
We will remind, Nikita Belykh was caught red handed in a Moscow restaurant while receiving 150 thousand euros in June 2016. He called the incident a provocation of special services. Once White got a word in court, he began to insist that there were no grounds to take bribes.
— Took bribes, but spending large sums to charity — where is the logic?! — he repeated again early in the fourth consecutive court hearing in the case.
Before you start to answer the questions of the prosecution, White was asked to speak. He said that in the documents of the investigation are not taken into account the laws of the Kirov region. We are talking about the accusation that he lobbied for the investment of the briber. Such issues, he said, can only be solved collectively, and it is the decision can not affect.
He said about the contradictions “in the logic and conclusions of the prosecution”.
All this clearly indicates the inconsistency of the conclusions of the prosecution that at the meeting with Sugimura in April–may of 2014, I allegedly told him about my existing interest in the implementation of investment projects NLK and MC “Forestry,” said White.
He also expressed the intention to clarify one point about his relationship with the leadership of the tax service of area. Here we are talking about that White, according to the prosecution, influenced to the company Novovyatskiy ski mill, which was led by allegedly gave him a bribe businessman Yuri Sudheimer, not punished for tax violations. The defendant says that the head UFNS Carolinas he had “rather bad than good”.
The Prosecutor also asked White to talk about the visit of Sudgaimer to the government of the Kirov region in 2015. According to his version, then they were talking about the amount of the bribe.
— I guess I had to start with the words: “I remember very well this wonderful spring day, sounded drops, the sun was shining…” But I don’t remember this day, — tried to joke with White. I don’t remember, came to me March 5, 2014 Mr. Sudheimer. He left no trace in the everyday life of the provincial Governor, in my soul, heart and mind…
The charges of demanding bribes ex-Governor denies.
The Prosecutor was asked about the next episode, when White has already received money from Sudheimer. According to defendant, he did not know what is in the envelope, transmitted by the businessman through the assistant White. “In the Kirov I opened the envelope, found a 50 thousand Euro. The money I gave on 13 June 2016, during your birthday, Alex Pykhteeva with a request that he made this money at the expense of the Military historical society. That’s all,” says the defendant. However, Pykhteev made money after the arrest of White.
The Prosecutor asked White, as he said after the arrest was confirmed Pykhteeva instructed to Deposit money into the account and why it was not done immediately.
— Problems with communication large. Will be in the “Lefortovo” — know yourself — again quipped White. The Prosecutor, in response, tapped the table.
From the scrip and prison do not promise, my neighbors in jail — very often former employees of the interior Ministry, the UK and the FSB, warned the ex-Governor.
The follow-up interview was scheduled for 4 October.