Moscow court upholds 8-year prison term for former regional governor Belykh
MOSCOW, May 10 (RAPSI, Nikita Shiryayev) – The Moscow City Court on Thursday upheld an 8-year prison sentence for ex-governor of Russia’s Kirov Region Nikita Belykh convicted of corruption, RAPSI reported from the courtroom.
However, the court allowed Belykh to hold posts in government agencies and municipalities.
On February 1, the Presnensky District Court of Moscow found Belykh guilty of taking 400,000 euros in bribes. In addition to the prison term, Belykh was fined 48.2 million rubles (about $860,700) and prohibited from holding state and municipal offices for 3 years.
The court established that Belykh received the bribe in a Moscow restaurant on June 24, 2016. He was arrested by the police red-handed.
In January, prosecutors asked to sentence the ex-governor to 10 years and fine him 100 million rubles (about $1.78 million) and to ban him from holding state and municipal offices for 8 years.