The investigation has charged the head of the Russian authors ‘ society (RAO) Sergei Fedotov charges of fraud in especially large size (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal code of Russia), told RBC lawyer Fedotov Denis Baluev. The investigators believe that Fedotov in 2012 was misled by the author’s advice RAO on the objectives of the creation of the subsidiary, ZAO Service and maintenance company (SEC), the balance of which was later transferred belonging to RAO real estate and cars. The maximum penalty under part 4 of article 159 of the criminal code — ten years imprisonment.
The main Directorate of economic security and counteraction of corruption (Guebipk) of the MIA of Russia in 2015 start the test of RAO “on the subject of embezzlement of royalties through the acquisition and subsequent conclusion through false firms of real estate”. Officers then became interested in the transactions conducted through subsidiaries of the organization. 2007-2011 RAO has acquired the four properties with a total area of over 2 thousand sq. m., after which they were contributed to the authorized capital of CJSC “Service-operating company” (JSC “SEC”), which in 2012 established itself RAO. In the next two years the premises were transferred to the balance other firms, some of which were subsequently liquidated. The potential damage from these operations in the materials provided by RBC, was estimated at more than 500 million rubles.
17 Jun Guebipk of the MIA of Russia opened a criminal case on the fact of illegal alienation of property owned by RAO, at the property of third parties. As explained by the official representative of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Irina Volk, operatives of the MIA of Russia jointly with the Federal security service of Russia revealed a fraudulent scheme that could cause the raw damage for the sum more than 500 million rubles.
Suspect Fedotov became the basis of the testimony of the former CEO of SEK Maxim Budanov, who was engaged in economic issues in RAO. Budanov during interrogation and confrontation on June 28 with Fedotov told that the head of RAO gave him instructions on the establishment of SEC and the transfer to legal entities carrying value of assets of RAO, it follows from the materials of the criminal case that was read by RBC. Lawyer Fedotov insists that the head of RAO was not involved in the operational management of “daughter”, and entrusted it to his “partner”, which at this point is in conflict. Are there any other suspects in the case of theft in RAO, is not yet known.
By itself, the transfer of assets of RAO in SEK was “completely legal” action, since RAO is a public organization and cannot make a profit or write off the carrying value of assets like cars, told RBC lawyer Fedotov. Properties were subsequently sold for amounts in excess of the prices at which they were purchased by RAO”, said Fedotov in interview to the newspaper “Izvestia” in September 2015. The money, according to Fedotov, was spent on the creation of an electronic system that would ensure transparency in the distribution of royalties between authors in RAO.
On June 27 at the office of RAO, as well as in several apartments and country house were searched Fedotov, after which he was detained. On Tuesday, June 28, Tagansky court sent Fedotova into custody until August 17, granting the prosecution’s motion. The investigator, in particular, indicated the presence Fedotov investor visas in the UK and real estate, and said that he might try to escape. 29 Jun protection Fedotova filed an appeal against a decision on measure of restraint.
Readiness to intercede for mitigation of a measure of restraint for Fedotov said Director Nikita Mikhalkov, whom Fedotov connected business relationships (RAO and the Union of cinematographers Mikhalkov are co-founders of the Russian Union of right holders), and personal — the Director is the godfather of the child Fedotov. Measure Fedotov “could be more humane in nature,” including in connection with health Minister RAO, said Mikhalkov.