Govorukhin hopes Yalta Film Studio would regain old glory
Stanislav Govorukhin, a co-chair of the Central Headquarters of the All-Russian People’s Front, a member of the State Duma, a notable Russian film director, has expressed hope that the Yalta Cinema Studio in Crimea would regain its old glory under Russian management, TASS reports.
The film director noted that the majority of the population of Crimea and Sevastopol advocated mergence with Russia despite the international sanctions.
The Yalta Film Studio was nationalized by the Crimean Council of Ministers on September 2, 2014.
Crimean Culture Minister Arina Novoselskaya said that over 30 hectares of land, buildings, cars, costumes and decorations of the Yalta Film Studio had been privatized for 1.3 million hryvnias when the peninsula was under Ukraine’s control. Acting Head of Crimea Sergey Aksenov had promised to buy the studio back. The Crimean Court of Arbitration ruled that the privatization process was invalid. Crimean Prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya called the verdict fair.
Novoselskaya said on February 19 that the decision to return the studio to its owner has been appealed.