12 Sep 2018 18:50

Criminal inquiries launched into stealing Cinema Foundation resources in Moscow - Interior Ministry

MOSCOW. Sept 12 (Interfax) - The Interior Ministry has opened criminal cases into the gross fraud involving the stealing of the Cinema Foundation's resources, the ministry's press center told Interfax on Wednesday.

"On August 31, 2018, the investigation department of the police department in the Dorogomilovo neighborhood has launched criminal inquiries into a crime enshrined in Part 4 Article 159 of the Russian Criminal Code (the gross fraud) involving the stealing of the resources of the Federal Foundation for Social and Economic Support to National Cinematography," the press center reported.

Criminal cases were submitted for further investigation to the investigative department of the Moscow police department of the Western Administrative District in September, the Interior Ministry said.

The investigative activity and the search aimed at a complete and thorough probe into the circumstances of the crime and identifying the culprits are underway.

This fraud involves no less than 10 million rubles allocated for making the film called "Superpapa" and the cartoons Bob, an informed source told Interfax.

The Cinema Foundation was established in January 1995 with the government as its founder. The Foundation allocates over 3 billion rubles annually to back domestic films.