Governor of Kirov region Nikita Belykh has eliminated the political factor in the criminal case against him. He stated in the answers to the questions of the magazine The New Times.
“I am not the leader of the opposition, I state official, selected by the Governor of the Kirov region”, — he said (quoted by “Interfax”). At the same time he asked the question, not whether he believes that if he stayed in opposition politics, it would be more protected from attack system. To him the Governor replied, “It’s not about politics.”
In addition, he was asked who can become the new Governor of the Kirov region. “I want to stay,” said White. He also said that he could not read what they say and write about what happened to his friends and colleagues, because of the “complete isolation”.
White was detained on 24 June in the restaurant in Moscow. According to the investigation, but received from the businessman a package of €100 thousand, as well as a bottle of wine. The Governor is charged with violating part 6, item 290 of the criminal code of Russian Federation — bribe reception in especially large size. On June 25, the Basmanny court arrested him until the end of August.
According to investigators, White personally and through intermediaries received a total of €400 thousand in Return he was to help the briber and controlled them JSC “Novovyatskiy ski works” and LLC “Forest management company”. According to official representative SKR Vladimir Markin, the head of the Kirov region promised the companies a patronage when implementing their investment projects.
White himself called his arrest “a sham”. In court, he not pleaded guilty and stressed that he never took bribes. As said the investigator, speaking in the Basmanny court, the Governor said that the money was intended for the needs of Kirov.
As he wrote, a month before the arrest, White was blessed to the construction of the chapel.