Political provocations against world famous film director Sokurov?
Earlier the media reported that the fund of director Alexander Sokurov is checked by law enforcement agencies. The reports noted that it related to economic crimes.
According to the press service of Smolny, the Acting Governor of St. Petersburg, Alexander Beglov, spoke with Sergey Umnov, the Head of the Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for St. Petersburg and Leningrad region, Sergey Litvinenko, the city prosecutor, and director Alexander Sokurov, who is currently undergoing treatment at the hospital.
Alexander Beglov asked law enforcement officers to check the information about provocative actions against Sokurov. The Interim Acting Governor noted the director’s merits for Russia and St. Petersburg and asked them to study the issue with the utmost care.
Alexander Sokurov is one of the most well-known Russian directors. Besides, he is a member of the Council under the President of Russia for the development of civil society and human rights.
Sokurov began making films as a student at VGIK, but his earlier works were rejected because the censors found anti-Soviet propaganda. The Lonely Voice of a Man, based on the works of Andrey Platonov, was not accepted as a thesis. The tape was to be destroyed, but Sokurov managed to save it; later the film received several prestigious awards.
In the late 1980s, the films of Alexander Sokurov were released. At this time, the director shot several pictures a year. Many of his works presented Russian cinema at international festivals with great success. In 1995, the European Film Academy included Alexander Sokurov in the list of the hundred best directors in the world.
Sokurov shot many famous films, including Faust, Alexandra, Moloch, Mother and Son, Russian Ark.
In 2013, the Sokurov Foundation Example of Intonation was created. The non-profit organization supports young authors.
The Investigations Directorate in the Leningrad Region of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR) is going through turbulent times. After an unexpected replacement of the supreme command, the winds of change started blowing. Colonel of justice Pavel Vymenets, the new acting head of the agency, launched personnel reshuffles. According to sources, all means are used to purge the ranks from corrupt officers, including collection of compromising materials and denunciations.