The Main St. Petersburg Police Department demanded Natalia Sindeyeva, Director General of Rain, to provide “information about the location of the actual location” of the editor-in-chief of Roman Badanin in the United States. This is reported by “Open Media” with reference to a source close to the TV channel.
This information was confirmed by The Bell’s editor-in-chief of the “Rain” Alexander Perepelov.
According to the “Open Media”, the police are asked to provide information on when the journalist is in the United States and what is connected with his departure. If he went on a business trip, Sindeev is asked to provide copies of the relevant orders.
In addition, the police asks for a description of Badanin and transfer the summons to the interrogation as a witness to two employees of the television channel – special correspondent Maria Zholobova and producer Daria Zhuk.
Earlier, The Bell wrote that businessman Ilya Traber applied to law enforcement agencies for libel over the film “Rain” about him and his possible connections with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Traber accused the filmmakers of libel, “combined with the accusation of a person for committing a grave and especially grave crime.” According to this article, the journalists of the television channel Dozhd can be fined up to 5 million rubles.
In the movie “Piterskie” on the television channel “Rain” Ilya Traber is called “the only living authority whose acquaintance was recognized by Vladimir Putin.” The film was released in August 2017. The authors of the story are Roman Badanin, Maria Zholobova, Nikolai Kovalkov and Daria Zhuk.
Recall, Ilya Traber – a businessman who in the late 1980’s was engaged in antiquarian business (and allegedly received the nickname “Antiquary”).