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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 03:23 AM

A Crimea Rom-Com Brought Scathing Reviews - And Good Money For The Head Of RT, Report Says

In 2018, the film was voted one of the worst by Russian critics: a comedic love story taking place against the triumphant backdrop of the bridge linking Russia to Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Moscow seized from Ukraine four years earlier.

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An investigation by anti-corruption crusader and Kremlin foe Aleksei Navalny charged that Keosayan, his wife, Margarita Simonyan, and their relatives made around 46 million rubles on the project. At the time of the film's release in late 2018, that amounted to about $700,000.

Simonyan, who is credited with writing the screenplay, is the head of the state-funded TV channel RT, formerly known as Russia Today.

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Other relatives receiving salaries or payments for their work on the film include Keosayan's brother, identified as the general producer; Keosayan's nephew, identified as a unit production manager; and the nephew's wife, identified as an executive producer for the film.

https://www.rferl.org/a/crimea-rom-com-simonyan-navalny--report-scathing-reviews-state-money-for-the-head-of-rt/30509292.html

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