The leader of the group “Leningrad” Sergei Shnurov became the author of the main soundtrack for the film “Granite”. The premiere screening took place on NTV on December 28. The film tells the story of Russian mercenaries who have arrived at the desperate call of Mozambique, which is unable to cope with the aggression of the Islamic State militants. V description the film does not say what kind of mercenaries they are, however, there are many reviews and copies of the film on the Internet, which explicitly say that it is a Wagner PMC. Some sources report that “volunteer fighters from the world-famous PMC, as they are called -” musicians “, are arriving in Mozambique. This is what the militants from the Wagner PMC are called.
In the credits for the film, it is stated that it was filmed by the Paritet studio or Paritet Film LLC – a small office with an authorized capital of 10 thousand rubles and an unrelated founder. However, in the very last frame at the end of the credits of the film, there is a copyright – Aurum LLC. According to Kontur.Fokus, 49% of this company belongs to Yevgeny Prigozhin.
“Granite” is not the only film about PMCs, shot by Prigozhin’s firm, and for which the soundtrack was written by Sergei Shnurov. The singer even wrote two soundtracks for another “creation” of the “Aurum” company – the film “Tourist”. The film similarly tells the story of Russian mercenaries who bravely defend local residents, only in the CAR capital of Bangui, where the militants of the country’s ex-president, pushed by his French advisers, are massacring civilians. How reported The BBC Russian service, citing its sources, involved real fighters of the Wagner PMC, whom Russia sent to the CAR.
One could assume that Shnurov does not know from whom he takes money for writing soundtracks. However, this possibility is swept aside – the leader of the Leningrad group is the composer of the film 16th. Confessions of Yevgeny Prigozhin “from the same” Parity Film “and Prigozhin’s” Aurum “. The main soundtrack for the film – “Anthem of the dolbobobs” – was written, of course, by Shnurov. The movie tells the story of a “troll factory” that the bad American government is trying to catch. 16 guys just wanted to make people laugh on the Internet, but now, in order to be saved, they will have to change the government, and for this they will have to bring Donald Trump to power. The group calls itself IRA (Internet Research Agency), which may be why the film was not released in the UK.
The only picture that Prigogine’s “Aurum” and “Parity Film” shot together, and where for some reason Shnurov was not invited to write soundtracks, is the film “Solntsepek” about Lugansk and the events of 2014 with the slogan “Donbass. Declassified facts ”. The film, which was called “Goebbelskino” in the comments, tells about the brave militias and the atrocities of the Ukrainians, who, implementing the director’s plan, left behind pools of blood and mountains of corpses from local residents.
Recall that Sergei Shnurov is not only a musician, but also the general producer of the RTVI channel and a member of the “Party of Growth”.
Recidivist criminal Yevgeny Prigozhin, convicted of theft, fraud and involvement of minors in criminal activities, is now known as “Putin’s chef” (he organizes Kremlin dinners), sponsor of Wagner PMC and owner of the largest troll factory. The source of his income is exclusive access to government contracts for food (including in the Ministry of Defense and schools), and, despite constant scandals with mass poisoning (which attracted the attention of even the military counterintelligence of the FSB), these contracts are constantly extended and feed a huge army of trolls, mercenaries and provocateurs. Prigozhin’s mercenaries, which are usually referred to as Wagner PMCs (although Wagner, aka Dmitry Utkin, is only one of the mercenary commanders), are involved in many operations abroad, in many cases (as, for example, during the invasion of Ukraine) under the direct command of GRU.
In addition, Prigozhin’s structures are mining precious stones in the CAR and are showing interest in gold mines and woodworking business.
In the summer of 2018, Orkhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguev and Kirill Radchenko, journalists from the Investigation Management Center, were killed in the Central African Republic. They went to the republic to shoot a film about PMC Wagner and the activities of Prigozhin’s structures. How later found out Meduza, the RIA FAN agency associated with Yevgeny Prigozhin’s “troll factory”, financed a trip to the Central African Republic for four journalists to investigate the murder of their colleagues.