President Vladimir Putin will soon send in resignation of the Governor of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh, which is located in Moscow SIZO “Lefortovo” on charge in bribe reception in especially large size, have informed two sources close to the Kremlin.
The new head of the Kirov region may become Igor Vasiliev, who currently heads the Federal service for state registration, sources say.
Nikita Belykh was appointed Governor of the Kirov region in December 2008. In 2014, he was re-elected for a second term.
White was detained in Moscow on 24 June. The next day he was charged with receiving a bribe in especially large amount (part 6, item 290 of the criminal code). According to investigators, White personally and through a mediator received a bribe in the amount of €400 million (24.1 million rubles.). Instead, the Governor had to take action in favor of the briber and its controlled JSC “Novovyatskiy ski works” and LLC “Forest management company”. The article, in which White is accused, provides punishment from eight till 15 years of imprisonment. On June 25, the court placed him in jail. White himself does not plead guilty.
After the arrest of White, the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin was informed about the incident, but refused to give forecasts concerning possible solutions for the resignation of the Governor of the Kirov. “The decision will be taken by the President, at which point remove from office, now I can not such a decision to announce, because it’s his decision. In General, the White would be a consequence of investigating, the prosecution accuses, and the defense protects. And all have legal rights appropriate to a judgment anyone of anything called guilty it is impossible”, — said Peskov.