Governor of Kirov region Nikita Belykh, accompanied by FSB officers at the building of the Basmanny court
Lawyers of Kirov region Governor Nikita Belykh intend to appeal not only his arrest, but the decision about excitation of criminal case against the official. About this newspaper “Kommersant” said one of the lawyers of the Kirov Governor Vadim Prokhorov.
He believes that the arrest of White was illegal though, because of the criminal case against his client was filed with procedural violations. Prokhorov explained that the current wording of article 447 of the criminal procedure code of the Russian Federation (the categories of persons subject to special procedure of criminal proceedings) entered into force at a time when governors appointed by the President of Russia. At the same time after governors became elected officials, the relevant amendments to the criminal procedure code have been made.
The lawyer noted that the criminal proceedings against elected leaders should bring personally the head of Department of the TFR of the Federation. In relation to White, this was not done, said Prokhorov. “The head of the customary village Council can prosecute only on special order, and the case against the Governor, who voted for 400 thousand people, opened a simple senior investigator,” — said Prokhorov.
According to defenders, the complaint for the arrest of Whites and the decision about excitation of criminal case against him will be filed in the coming days, presumably this week.
Governor of Kirov region Nikita Belykh, was detained on Friday, June 23, in one of Moscow restaurants. According to the investigation, the Governor personally and through intermediaries received €400 thousand in Return, according to investigators, he had “to help the briber and controlled them JSC “Novovyatskiy ski works” (NFI) and Forest management company” (BOW). According to official representative SKR Vladimir Markin, White also promised the companies a patronage when implementing their investment projects. On Saturday, Moscow’s Basmanny court arrested him until August 24.
White itself the fact of receiving money did not deny, but declared his innocence. According to him, he refused to cooperate with the investigation and is ready to continue to answer all the questions. Another lawyer White Sergey Teterin after the court hearing, which addressed the issue of election of the Governor of a measure of restraint, explained that his client received the money was not a bribe, and “sponsorship urban extra-budgetary Fund for reconstruction of the Kirov region”.