Nikita Belykh

Governor of the Kirov region.

Nikita Belykh
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Nikita Yurievich Belykh (was born on June 13, 1975, Perm) – a Russian statesman, politician and economist. The governor of the Kirov Region, he was Chairman of the Kirov Region Government from January 15, 2009. He was acandidate of economic and historical sciences.

In 1998 he was invited to the Perm Financial and Industrial Group as a Vice-President. In 2004-2005 he worked as a Deputy of the governor of the Perm region, earlier, in 2001, was elected to Legislative Assembly of the Perm region. From 2005 to 2008 - the leader of the party Union of Right Forces, earlier - Chairman of the Perm regional branch party of the Union of Right Forces. Since 2004 he was a member of the Federal Political Council of the party Union of Right Forces. In 2006 he was elected as a deputy in the Legislative Assembly of Perm region for candidate lists from the multi-name list of URF. In 2008 he participated in the creation of the opposition movement Solidarity. The Chairman of the Kirov branch of the public organization named Russian military-historical society.

In 2001, Belykh became the Сhairman of the regional branch of the party Union of Right Forces. On December 9, 2001 he was elected as deputy to Legislative Assembly of the Perm region. He worked as a Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy and Taxes. He was a member of the parliamentary group Industrialists of the Prikamye and the Union of Right Forces. In March 2004, after the governor of the Perm region Yury Trutnev had moved to the post of Minister of Natural Resources, the governor Oleg Chirkunov appointed Belykh as a Deputy of the Governor of the Perm region.

On May 28, 2005 Belykh was elected as the Chairman of the party Union of Right Forces: his nomination was supported by 156 deputies, 46 voted against him. On May 31, he resigned his post as Vice-Governor of the Perm region. In December 2006 he was elected as a deputy to the Legislative Assembly of the Perm region for candidate lists of party URF. On December 17, 2007, he resigned his post of the Chairman of the Union of Right Forces party, but was immediately re-elected.

On September 26, 2008 Belykh announced his resignation as the Chairman of the Union of Right Forces party and left the party. Leonid Gozman was appointed Acting Chairman. Politician Boris Nemtsov said at that time, "I respect Nikita Belykh's decision, which means that he does not want to participate in this phony project. The URF is going to be a puppet managed by Kremlin puppet masters, and I definitely will not stay in this party." In his social media page in Live Journal Belykh wrote that he doesn't see himself in the Kremlin project, and doesn't believe in a democratic modernization that has came from on high and he doesn't consider that political parties should be controlled by the state.

On December 8, 2008, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev submitted the Belykh candidacy to the Legislative Assembly of the Kirov region, which would have given him the authority of the Governor of the Kirov region. On December 11, 2008, at a session of the Legislative Assembly of the Perm region, Nikita Belykh resigned his post as a deputy in connection with a nomination for the post of Governor of the Kirov region. At the same time, he didn't drop the claim against Russia in the Strasbourg Court. This claim concerned a seizure of printed campaign materials.

On December 18, 2008 by the Legislative Assembly of the Kirov region decision (45 votes - "for", 4 - "against", 3 – "abstained in the vote") he wonthe authority of the Governor of the Kirov region. Two days later, Belykh left the opposition movement Solidarity. The inauguration took place on January 15, 2009 in the Kirov Drama Theatre. At that time, N. Belykh also acquired the post of Chairman of the Kirov region Government.

According to investigators, in 2010 the Kirov region Government in 2010 sold to the production and trade Kirov holding company named System Globe 25.5% of the stock of Urzhum distillery Open joint stock company at an abnormally low price. On January 29, 2013, Belykh’s office and residence were searched and on January 30, he was questioned as a witness.

According to the rating of the Russian website goslyudi.ru, he is one of the most popular political bloggers of the country. On January 14, 2014 the gubernatorial authority of Nikita Belykh was terminated. Vladimir Putin had appointed him as Acting Governor until the elections of 14 September. Belykh went to the election as an independent with the support of the party United Russia. He was re-elected for a second term.

Belykh work as a Governor was disfavoredby the regional committeeof the Communist Party and by its first secretary Sergey Mamaev. In 2012, the Communists organized in the Kirov region a series of protest actions against Belykh, including the collection of signatures in favor of his resignation.

A number of claims have been made against him. For example, the armed conflict in the Demyanovo village and his health-care reform, which could have caused a reduction in the number of district hospitals.

On June 24, 2016, Nikita Belykh, was detained in Moscow at a restaurant in the Lotte Plaza shopping center which is located on Novy Arbat street, for taking 100 000 marked euros. The arrest was made by officers of  an Investigative Committee and the Russian Federal Security Service. According to the Investigative Committee, the money (a total sum of 400 thousand euros) was paid “for actions in favor of the bribe giver and his Novovyatskiy ski Factory Joint stock company and Forest Management Company Limited liability company. And also for patronage and connivance in Government monitoring of the implementation of investment projects and business in the Kirov region. These were the grounds of the criminal proceedings.

The bribe-giver was a German citizen Yuri Zudhaymer, a member of the Board of Directors of Novovyatskiy ski Factory, who previously had appealed to law enforcement agencies. Zudhaymer has appeared in the case as a witness. Earlier, Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the Investigative Committee, reported that Nikita Belykh is the only detainee in the case, and the investigation has no claim against those who transfered money to the governor.

On June 25, 2016 Nikita Belykh faced charges by Investigative Committee of Russiaof grand larceny. On the same day, Moscow's Basmanny Court arrested him for two months.