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