Investigation explains arrest of Russian Authors' Society ex-head

Investigation explains arrest of Russian Authors' Society ex-head
Sergey Fedotov

The suspect may be involved in 730-million-ruble ($10.9 million) embezzlement.

The investigation suspects former Director General of the Russian Authors' Society (RAS) Sergey Fedotov, who has been arrested by the Tverskoy Court of Moscow, of embezzling more than 730 million rubles while managing the public organization. Suspects in the case also include the former deputy head of the Russian Authors' Society and the head of the Department for Distribution of Fees, whom the court has placed under house arrest. This is reported by RIA Novosti.

According to Kommersant, siloviki have also detained Fedotov’s mother Veronika and ex-Head of Servisno-Ekspluatatsionnaya Kompaniya (SEK) CJSC Svetlana Temeshova, who manages the property of RAS. The Tverskoy Court of Moscow told RBC that Fedotova had also been arrested.

As part of the investigation, law enforcers have conducted 32 searches in the places of residence and work of the suspects and questioned more than 20 people. A criminal case under Swindling on an Especially Large Scale has been initiated based on the results of the activities. In 2017, Fedotov was sentenced to 1.5 years in colony under this charge, but was released on parole the same year. Servisno-Ekspluatatsionnaya Kompaniya, which had sold the property of RAS worth 300 million rubles ($4.5 million) was also mentioned in the case file.

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