In Moscow have passed searches in office Russian authors ‘ society
(RW) on Bolshaya Bronnaya in the house of the head of RAO Sergey Fedotov on
Nikolina Gora the investigation of the case of fraud, which
initiated on the fact of illegal alienation of property of RAO in favour of
third parties in the amount of 500 million rubles, said in a statement
the official representative of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Irina Volk, quoted by the Agency RBC.

Operatives of the Main Department for economic security and
– corruption of the MIA of Russia together with employees of FSB
Russia “revealed the fraudulent scheme of illegal alienation in
property of third parties of property owned by RAO applied
organization damage, according to preliminary estimates, more than 500 million
rubles”, the statement said.

On this fact the investigative Department internal Affairs Central
administrative district of GU MVD of Russia opened a criminal case on
part 4 of article 159 of the criminal code (“Fraud committed in especially large size”).
In places of work and residence of suspects searches are carried out,
seized objects and documents relevant for the investigation
of the criminal case. The purpose of the operational-search activities –
establishing participants in the scheme and additional episodes of their
illegal activities, specified in the message of Ministry of internal Affairs.

Lawyer Fedotov Denis Baluev said that the case was brought by 17
Jun. According to the lawyer, Fedotov has not yet arrested, but that
can be made “in coming days”. Sergey Fedotov – old
the partner of the head of the Union of cinematographers Nikita Mikhalkov,

As reported by RIA “Novosti”,
the search ended around 17:00. The police had taken
the folders where, presumably, there could be documents,
regarding the financial and operating activities of the company.

Indoors there are only a few investigators. As explained
Advisor to the General Director of RAO, it is not known what
documentation interested in the internal Affairs bodies.
In most branches of RAO situation in organizations calm branches
work in a usual regular mode. In the system of RAO today there are 12
branches – in St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar,
Rostov-na-Donu, Volgograd, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Voronezh,
Novosibirsk, Khabarovsk, Samara and Ufa.

The reason for the test was the denunciation of the offended composer, which
the whole country knows

In August of 2015, law enforcement conducted a check of RAO “on the subject of embezzlement of royalties through the acquisition and subsequent conclusion through false firms of real estate”. Possible damage – about 0.5 billion rubles, said the materials, which were sent to the interior Ministry and made public by RBC , citing an anonymous source.

As followed from documents, 2007-2011 RAO bought four
of the property, whose total area exceeds two thousand square
M. Then these objects were contributed to the authorized capital of SEK, which
2012 established RAO. SEK, in turn, in 2013, became
the founder of three companies (“Media M”, “Musical Olympus”, “Media
management”) and contributed to the authorized capital of each one object
real estate. Later these areas went to third party companies
“Siberia-leasing” and “Rosavtotrans” and Evelina Nikolaevna Eskinol. Facts
the change of ownership in all properties were verified database
data, in particular, Federal registration service and register.

The representative of the RAO then have confirmed the fact of check, but denied
bad faith actions. SEC was established in accordance with
the decision of the authors ‘ Council of RAO (the main governing body of the society,
consisting of more than 20 people) to manage objects
real estate and commercial activities. About
this decision has been reviewed, were interviewed some members
the authors ‘ Council, most of which are confirmed as adopted by the Council

Choreographer Natalya Kasatkina, the member of the authors ‘ Council of RAO, confirmed
RBC that in mid-July, she was questioned in one of the departments of the interior Ministry and, in
particular, read out an anonymous letter, which outlined data
of property acquired by the RAO in the business centre Baker Plaza
Butyrsky Shaft.

During the conversation, Kasatkina, she said, investigators told her the name
the anonymous author of the letter, but to reveal this name Kasatkina refused:
“It knows the whole country. But it offended the person who wants
get money for music, though his compositions do not lose

In November, at a meeting of the Council for culture under the Chairman of the state Duma
Sergey Naryshkin producer and composer Igor Matvienko said that
the work of RAO “completely blocked” and the account frozen
connection with the inspections on the facts of embezzlement in the amount of about one billion
rubles. All members of the copyright Council, he said, was summoned to
law enforcement to testify, and the case is referred to the
the Prosecutor’s office.

Later in the organization refuted his words about the existence of criminal proceedings and blocking of accounts.

The head of the Russian authors ‘ society Sergey Fedotov – a longtime partner
Director Nikita Mikhalkov. According to the British press, Fedotov
is the owner of a castle in Scotland worth £ 1 million and several homes in the UK.

Russian authors ‘ society is a non – profit nationwide
public organization created for the collective management
copyright. RAO is intended to manage property rights
authors, other copyright holders, when exercising these
rights individually is difficult (for example, the collection
of royalties for the communication of the works online and at the
cable, public performance of works reproduced,
reproduction, etc.).

RAO and RSP (Russian Union of right holders) – two of three
accredited by government organizations for collective management of
copyright and related rights. Another organization – WIPO
(All-Russian intellectual property organization). In the past
year proposed to merge the organizations and create trade Union leaders
culture “the Russian author’s society”, but the idea was not

The interior Ministry has linked the searches at RAO with a case of fraud at 500 million rubles 28.06.2016

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