MOSCOW, November 29 (RAPSI) – Ex-governor of Russia’s Kirov Region Nikita Belykh convicted of corruption has appealed his 8-year prison term in cassation instance, the Moscow City Court’s spokesperson has told RAPSI.

On February 1, the Presnensky District Court of Moscow found Belykh guilty of taking 400,000 euros in bribes. In addition to the prison term, Belykh was fined 48.2 million rubles (about $860,700) and prohibited from holding state and municipal offices for 3 years.

The court established that Belykh received the bribe in a Moscow restaurant on June 24, 2016. He was arrested by the police red-handed.

On May 10, the Moscow City Court upheld the prison sentence for Belykh. However, the court allowed him to hold posts in government agencies and municipalities.