2017-11-20 17:38:00

Nikita Belykh allowed church wedding in detention

Moscow, November 20, Interfax - The Presnensky District Court in Moscow has authorized a church wedding for former Kirov Region governor Nikita Belykh, who is charged with bribery, and his wife Yekaterina Reifert, court press secretary Alexey Chernikov told Interfax.

"The court has authorized a church wedding in the detention facility. The detention facility's administration will decide when it is to take place," Chernikov said on Monday.

A request for a church wedding was made to the court by a lawyer for Reifert, he said.

The church wedding is expected to take place in the Lefortovo detention facility, where Belykh is now located.

Belykh officially proposed to Reifert at a hearing in Moscow's Presnensky District Court on October 11, when the woman was testifying as a witness in his criminal case.

Having waited for his turn to ask questions of the witnesses, Belykh asked if she would marry him, and the woman said yes.

The court gave its consent to the marriage and Andrey Grokhotov, a lawyer for the former governor, said on November 14 that his client had married his fiance.

Belykh is charged with two counts of bribery worth a total of 600,000 euros. He denies the accusations.