MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court ordered on Monday that Nikita Belykh, the former governor of the Kirov region who has spent two months in custody on a charge of accepting a bribe, should be kept there until Dec. 24.
Belykh, who has described his arrest as unlawful, was dismissed from the post of governor by Russian President Vladimir Putin in July.
Once a leader of a liberal opposition party, the Union of Rightist Forces, he was one of the few provincial governors not to share Putin's political views.
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In late June, Russian investigators detained Belykh, saying they had caught him accepting a bribe of 400,000 euros ($452,720) in a Moscow restaurant.
(Reporting by Moscow Newsroom; editing by Andrew Roche)