MOSCOW, June 25 (UPI) -- Russia's Kirov Region governor has been detained on suspicion of taking a $460,000 bribe at a Moscow restaurant.
Investigators said Belykh was getting the money in favor of the bribe-giver, who controlled two companies – the Novovyatsky Ski Plant and Forestry Managing Company. Forestry Managing is associated with Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny.
In a controlled operation, 100 marked euro bills were handed over to Belykh.
If convicted, Belykh may face a huge fine and a prison term of eight to 15 years.
"I want to immediately cool the ardor: in corruption crimes are no political color," Markin said.
Belykh, 41, was re-elected to the post in 2014 after being first appointed in 2009 by President Vladimir Putin.