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Published in Stream:
Russia Update: June 29, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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The state-owned TASS news agency reports that Nikita Belykh, the governor of the Kirov region who was arrested on suspicion of bribe-taking at the end of last week, has declared a hunger strike.

According to TASS, Belykh gave "official notice" to the authorities at the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center (SIZO) in Moscow, that he was beginning a hunger strike this morning.

His lawyer, Vadim Prokhorov, said:

"This morning, before my arrival, Belykh gave notice to the head of the SIZO of the beginning of his hunger strike as mark of protest against the charges made against him, and also due to the fact that his wife and brother have still not been allowed access to him.

Belykh categorically denies that he received a bribe, insisting on his innocence." 

-- Pierre Vaux