Expert comments on appearance of show business stars at St. Petersburg “night governor's” birthday party
According to Alexander Sidorov, the artists received for their presence at the Vladimir Barsukov-Kumarin's party no less than at the banquets of the oligarchs.
The reputation of the artists who attended the banquet in honor of the birthday of the Tambovskiy OCG leader Vladimir Barsukov-Kumarin in 2006 did not suffer, according to expert on criminal culture Alexander Sidorov, Ura.Ru reports.According to Sidorov, Grigory Leps, Alexander Rosenbaum, Vladimir Vinokur and other stars of show business “performed” at the celebration and received fees for their presence. The expert did not specify how much the artists received, but said that the amounts were “very significant.”
"It is expensive. I cannot name the figure, but this is comparable with the banquets of the oligarchs,” said Sidorov.
The expert added that artists can always pretend that they do not know with whom they are working, and their reputation will not suffer.
"Reputation? And they will tell you: “How do I know, if he is a criminal authority or not? Should I contact the police each time?” Although, if they go to big crime lords, they certainly know who that is,” explained Sidorov. The expert recalled the ban on entry into the United States to Iosif Kobzon, who was suspected of having links with the Russian mafia, as well as about French actor Alain Delon, who also admitted to good relations with the criminal world.
Sidorov noted that, unlike artists, such connections can harm the reputation of politicians and media representatives. At the banquet of Barsukov-Kumarin, there were journalists Alexander Nevzorov and Mikhail Leontyev, as well as subsequently fugitive State Duma deputy Aleksey Mitrofanov.
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“If a State Duma deputy or a journalist of a major media is invited to thieves in law, then they want something from him. Here they must be more careful. This imposes certain obligations,” said the expert.
A video with celebrities at the birthday party of the “night governor” of St. Petersburg appeared online in early May. Famous politicians, businessmen, and representatives of the criminal world, as well as artists, journalists and even representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church congratulated the crime lord on the video. This is the last birthday that Barsukov-Kumarin celebrated at large, in 2006. In 2007, he was arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, racketeering, and OCG organization. The court later sentenced the crime lord to 24 years in a strict regime colony and a fine of 1 million rubles ($15,400).