The former head of RAO admitted in court his guilt in the theft of 762 million rubles

Former head of the Russian authors ' society (RAO) Sergei Fedotov admitted his guilt in the fraud at more than 762 million rubles, RIA news from the hall of Presnensky court of Moscow.

"I admit my guilt, repent," - said Fedotov asked by the judge. He added that he asks to consider case in a special manner, although not able to challenge after the verdict on the actual circumstances of the case.

The defendants in the case are his mother, Vera Fedotova, former employee Angela Ageikina and ex-CEO of CJSC "Service-operational company", which managed the assets of RAO, Svetlana Lemesheva. Fedotov is in custody, the rest under house arrest. They are all previously admitted his guilt. Their case will be considered in a special order - without research of proofs and interrogation of witnesses, which is a mitigating circumstance where the court could not impose the maximum penalty.

According to the indictment, Fedotov in 2011, he created and headed an organized criminal group. The participants looked for authors who for a small fee, sold the rights to their unpopular work. Office, which was supposed to monitor to RAO, provided false data about the multiple reproduction of these works on radio, television and in public places. After that, the money under the royalties were transferred to the controlled entities and abducted.

In the summer of 2017 Fedotov had already been convicted — then he got one and a half years of imprisonment for swindle in especially large size. As reported by consequence, the forces of the interior Ministry and the FSB had identified the fraudulent scheme of illegal appropriation of the property of third parties assets, and organization caused the damage amounted to about 297 million rubles. In December 2017 the Ryazan regional court has satisfied the petition about conditional-early release Fedotov. In addition, RAO sought him in civil proceedings damages in the amount of 242 million rubles.

Russian authors ' society is a non — profit public organization established in 1993 for the collective management of copyright. Currently, it listed more than 25 thousand members.