The authors continued investigation started by Sergey Magnitsky and exposed yet another corruption scheme of stealing in 2009-2010 over $200 million from the Russian budget under the disguise of VAT refund.
The withdrawal of this astronomic sum under fictitious documents was approved by over 40 Russian state agencies. The corruption pyramid was built from minor local district tax offices at its base upward to the Federal Tax Service at the top. The fraud of the decade was carried out under supervision of the Federal Treasury, Federal Security Service, Russian Interior and Finance Ministries. Hundreds of officials were in a position to interrupt the dirty transaction but they have never done so.
When the crime was revealed the notorious investigators, Generals Denis Sugrobov and Denis Nikandrov, covered up the pyramid with a web of lies, relieved all the officials of responsibility and fabricated a case against reputed audit company who was made the scapegoats. Rank-and-file auditors, book-keepers and office staff received prison sentences for the crimes actually perpetrated by high-ranking officials only because they tried to check the dirty flow. Whipping up the ominous flywheel was accompanied by murder attempts, killings and mysterious deaths.
The film is based on:
•Genuine documents and criminal cases’ files
•Testimonies of survived witnesses
•Expert conclusions by well-known journalist Roman Anin (winner of Pulitzer Prize for investigation of Panama Offshores Case), prominent opposition politicians Garry Kasparov and Alexei Navalny, British investor Bill Browder.