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Ukraine's Security Service opens case against domestic film distributors

"В&Н Film Distribution Company", "Ukrainian Film Distribution", "Kinomania", "Volga Ukraine" and "Multi Media Distribution" are suspected of being funded by Russian special services and wrecking Ukrainian film industry
18:14, 23 July 2019

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU)
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The SBU, Ukraine's State Security Service opened a criminal case against Ukrainian film distributors, suspecting certain officials of financial relations with the Russian special services and wrecking the Ukrainian film industry. This is mentioned in the court materials.

Since 2014, certain officials of В&Н Film Distribution Company, Ukrainian Film Distribution, Kinomania, Volga Ukraine and Multi-Media Distribution used some of the earned money to fund the unknown persons involved on the organization of mass riots on the territory of Ukraine, violating its territorial integrity, destabilizing its political and economic institutions. The court materials also state that the Ukrainian market of film distribution is divided between the said companies, which get about 100 million U.S. dollars in the box offices annually.  

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SBU insists that Russian special services made the owners of these companies pay some of the money to fund the organization of the illegal protest actions in Ukraine. 

"In turn, enjoying the actual support of Russian special services, owners of the said companies are used as influence agents in Ukraine, calling the shots in the movie industry market, wrecking the distribution of Ukrainian films", reads the case. 

The companies emerged at the Ukrainian market, appearing as affiliate companies of those in Russia, enjoying the financial ties with Russian enterprises, owned by Russian citizens.

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