President Vladimir Putin has dismissed Nikita Belykh from the post of Governor of the Kirov region in connection with loss of trust, reported on the Kremlin website. Acting head of the region appointed Igor Vasiliev, still head of Rosreestr.
Nikita Belykh was sympathetic to the decision of the head of state, “because under the circumstances, when he is in custody, was no other way out”, reports “RIA Novosti” the lawyer of ex-Governor Vadim Prokhorov. At the same time, he stressed that Whites “strongly maintains his innocence and will continue to seek restoration of his good name and reputation.”
Earlier on Thursday, that Belykh will be dismissed, according to sources close to the Kremlin. They also reported that the new Governor instead of White can become Vasiliev.
Nikita Belykh held a post of the Governor of the Kirov region since December 2008. On June 24 he was detained in Moscow and the next day a court decision placed in jail. White is accused of receiving a bribe in especially large size (part 6, item 290 of the criminal code, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment. According to investigators, Nikita Belykh personally and through the intermediary received bribes in the amount of €400 million (24.1 million rubles.). He denies guilt.
Igor Vasiliev head of Rosreestr in the spring of 2014. In 2004-2010 he represented in the Federation Council the Republic of Komi. From 2010 to 2013, Vasiliev was the auditor of the accounts chamber.
Kirov oblast is a region with a large number of state employees and the budget deficit. We have tremendous natural resources, said the Senator from the Kirov region Oleg Kazakovtsev. “We cannot say that it is a miracle and a queue of candidates was not”, — he added.
Considered the possibility to appoint a White Deputy of the state Duma of the Kirov region Oleg Valenchuk and Senator from the Kirov region Vyacheslav Timchenko, said sources close to the Kremlin. However Valenchuk is trying to become Governor of the Kirov region, and if not, then against his appointment have any counter-arguments, suggested a source close to the leadership of the Kirov region. He also heard about the possibility of the appointment of Senator Timchenko. “He is an experienced politician at the Federal level and knows the region,” he said, adding that “serious offer made to him was not.”
Nikita Belykh became the ninth head of the region, dismissed in connection with loss of trust of the President since 2000. In 2005 he was removed from office by the Governor of the Koryak Autonomous district Vladimir Loginov. In 2006 resigned Alexey Barinov, head of the administration of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug (NAO). In 2007, a Governor of the Amur region was shot Leonid Korotkov. In 2010 Dmitry Medvedev, then held the post of President, was dismissed from the post of Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov. In 2014, was removed from office by the Governor of the Novosibirsk region Vasily Yurchenko, later in the same year, the head of the Bryansk region Nikolai Denin. In March 2015, with the wording of the loss of confidence was dismissed Alexander Khoroshavin, who led the Sakhalin oblast in September — the head of Komi Vyacheslav Gaizer.