At office “the Russian authors society (RAO) on Bolshaya Bronnaya in Moscow are carried out quickly-investigative actions, reports TASS with reference to own correspondent. The office is closed, inside the building, law enforcement officials are conducting the seizure of documents, see “the movement of people in uniform and with guns,” according to RNS from the scene.
Source RBC, close to one of the authors ‘ societies, announced that in the RAO are searches, investigations are carried out “for the entire top management of RAO. According to him, the work of the office stood up, the officers are on the street. According to the interlocutor of RBC in law enforcement, searches are conducted by the Moscow Department of internal Affairs on the Central district. The interviewee was unable to explain what linked investigations.
The representative of RAO confirmed that the office of the society is closed and that the building no one is allowed. According to him, members of the radioactive waste causes a search of the unknown. Asked to contact the head of RAO Sergei Fedotov, the company’s representative said that his phone was unavailable. In a press-service of the Central apparatus of the interior Ministry was unable to immediately provide information about the searches.
RAO — a non-profit organization that collects in favor of the authors (composers and songwriters) deductions from television stations, radio stations, cafes and all public places where sound of music. In 2008, the company received a national accreditation in 2013 it was extended for 10 years. Fees RAO at the end of 2015 amounted to about 4.5 billion rubles a year earlier — about 4.6 billion rubles.
In November 2015 a member of the authors ‘ Council of RAO, the producer and composer Igor Matvienko has told that the work of RAO stalled due to the fact that the account is blocked in connection with checks “theft”. He also claimed that all members of the copyright Board calls the police to testify, and the case is referred to the Prosecutor. “I even could not imagine that such sums may appear, there we are talking about the amount of about RUB 1 billion, the Situation is critical, the authors now do not get the money because the account RAO arrested,” — said the composer. The representative of RAO then denied the words Matvienko on block accounts and insisted that the society operates in a normal mode.
Main Directorate for economic security and corruption counteraction (Guebipk) the commencement of the audit of RAO, the head of which is Sergey Fedotov, a longtime partner of the Director and the head of the Union of cinematographers Nikita Mikhalkov, wrote in August 2015 RBC. Authorities checked “on the subject of embezzlement of royalties through the acquisition and subsequent conclusion through false firms of real estate”, followed from the documents received by RBC from an anonymous source. The estimated damage amounted to about 0.5 billion rubles, the representative of the RAO then have confirmed the fact of check, but denied bad faith actions.
In may 2016, the Ministry of internal Affairs and the Prosecutor’s office checked the activities of collective management societies for copyright — RW, the Russian Union of rights holders (RSP) and the all-Russian intellectual property organization (WIPO) and has not identified violations, wrote RBC. The inspection was held at the request of state Duma Deputy Sergei Obukhov. About the absence of violations in the work of the societies, RBC learned from the Ministry of internal Affairs and Prosecutor’s office Deputy.