Russian former Governor and Opposition Leader, Nikita Belykh, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment on Friday for accepting bribes of 750,000 dollars, state media reported.
Belykh, who headed the central Kirov region for seven years until he was detained at a Moscow restaurant in 2016, was accused of offering protection for investment projects in exchange for bribes.
The time he has already spent in custody will count towards his prison term, state media reported, citing the Moscow court.
Belykh has denied wrongdoing and condemned the charges as trumped up.
Before becoming governor, Belykh headed the Union of Right Forces political party, previously led by prominent opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.