Kirov region legislators to debate plea for Belykh no-confidence vote

Members of the Kirov region's legislature plan to debate a petition for a vote of no-confidence in Governor Nikita Belykh, Liberal Democratic Party faction representative Kirill Cherkasov told Interfax.

"The legislature's special session has been set for February 14," he said.

A proposal to hold a special session was made by members of the United Russia Party faction in the Kirov region's parliament.

"They claim that they have documents presenting the governor's work in a bad light," Cherkasov said.

If these documents really exist, members of other factions, including the Liberal Democratic Party's faction, could support this idea, he said.

On Monday, several Kirov region legislators proposed holding a special session, at which Governor Belykh would face a motion of no-confidence.

The Russian presidential administration and the United Russia Party administration said they were aware of the initiative.

"We have been informed of this initiative put forth by Kirov parliamentarians. We are following the situation," a presidential administration source told Interfax on Tuesday, declining to comment further.

The Russian president's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on February 1 that Belykh's dismissal was not being discussed.

"There is no such issue on the agenda," he said.

United Russia General Council Secretary Sergei Neverov, for his part, told the Kommersant newspaper that this initiative of United Russia Party representatives in the Kirov region legislature is their "personal position" and it was not discussed either with the party's regional branch or its federal leadership.

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