Russia's Investigative Committee asked to allow prosecuted producer of Zvyagintsev's Loveless to attend Oscar ceremony

Russia's Investigative Committee asked to allow prosecuted producer of Zvyagintsev's Loveless to attend Oscar ceremony
Gleb Fetisov

The businessman, who produced the film Loveless by Andrey Zvyagintsev, is under a written undertaking not to leave.

Pavel Gusev, the Chief Editor of Moskovsky Komsomolets and head of the Union of Journalists of Moscow, who is also a confidant of Vladimir Putin in the upcoming elections, sent a letter to the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin. As RBC writes, Gusev asked to release businessman Gleb Fetisov, a producer of Andrey Zvyagintsev's film Loveless, who was accused of embezzlement, so that he can attend the Oscar ceremony.

“It is a one-off event: a Russian film – Loveless, a product of a high humanistic orientation – is nominated for the award. In the eyes of the world community, Russia is represented as a country capable of making films of this level,” the publication quotes an excerpt from Gusev’s letter.

It is to be recalled that Fetisov, the ex-senator from the Voronezh Region was detained on February 28, 2013, in the case of fraud, which was initiated amid the situation around Moy Bank. Initially, he was charged with a scam for 6 billion rubles ($103.5m), but then this amount was reduced to 555 million ($950 thousand). The banker did not admit his guilt but compensated the incriminated damages. As Gusev points out in his letter, the ex-senator never violated the undertaking not to leave. According to the Chief Editor of MK, Fetisov invested about 250 million rubles ($4.3m) in the production of Zvyagintsev's film.

The director’s representative said that he would not comment on the situation. RBC appealed to the Investigative Committee with a request to answer whether Fetisov's departure is possible.

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