MOSCOW, June 24 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court on Monday dismissed an appeal filed by ex-governor of Russia’s Kirov Region Nikita Belykh convicted of corruption against a lower court’s refusal to delay payment of the 48.2-million-ruble fine (about $800,000 at the current exchange rate), RAPSI reports from the courtroom.

Belykh has asked to adjourn the payment for 5 years.

On February 1, 2018, 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 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.

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