Head of RAO Sergey Fedotov decided to cooperate with investigation
The case was submitted to the Investigation Committee "with a view to a comprehensive and objective investigation."
The Head of the Russian Authors' Society (RAO) Sergey Fedotov, who previously denied his guilt, made a pre-trial agreement on cooperation. This means that the defendant admits guilt and is ready to turn in his accomplices. The official information about this has not been received yet, according to Kommersant. However, the case of Swindling on an especially large scale (under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code) was submitted from the Moscow Internal Affairs Directorate of MIA to Main Investigative Directorate of the ICR in Moscow. The corresponding decision was made by the Prosecutor's Office. This information was confirmed by Fedotov’s lawyers, but the details about the reasons for this decision are not disclosed. The law enforcement agencies are limited to the standard formulation: "For the full and objective investigation".
It is to be recalled that Sergey Fedotov strongly rejected the accusations of fraud with property in amount of 500 million rubles. However, according to Fedotov’s lawyer, the latter is being accused of fraud in amount of 297 million rubles. According to the defense, the decision on the alienation of the ownership of the RAO assets to the third parties was made by a vote of the council on copyright. Fedotov himself, according to the lawyers, is "a victim of his partners’ slander", and funds from the sale were spent on the creation of expensive electronic system for receipt of royalties.
It is referred to the sale of an office building on the Shelepihinskaya Embankment, two rooms in the building called Baker Plaza at Butyrsky Val and another room on the Sadovo-Samotechnaya Street in Moscow which belonged to the author's society and were sold in 2013. According to the investigators, the money for the RAO property was not received, and the scheme for transferring of the facilities to subsidiary companies was developed by the management of RAO with a view to theft. The criminal case was initiated on June 17, 2016.
At the same time, as reported by the RAO press service, in 2015, the real estate operations have already been audited. All the information on the case was provided upon the request of the law enforcement agencies which have found no violations. And in May, the initiation of a criminal case was denied due to lack of evidence of a crime, reported the press-service.
The prosecution has replaced life sentence for Lieutenant of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Aleksey Korotkov with 24 years behind bars in exchange for his support to the investigation: in particular, exposure of other gang’s members who had been dealing with murders of businessmen and random people for more than 10 years.