Ms Veselnitskaya was not at all involved in the making of the film in question, which I directed.
On reading the article on July 8th I contacted Natalia Veselnitskaya and she assured me that she had confirmed to a NYT reporter working on the article, that she had met me (Nekrasov, the film's director) AFTER the film was finished. As I was in control of the making of the film all the time, there could not have been an "involvement" (let alone "deep involvement") without my knowledge.
It would have also been appropriate to contact me for a comment about weather an involvement in my work had actually taken place, especially if such an involvement is tantamount to questionable political influence in this high profile case. I feel NYT has shown reckless disregard for my creative rights and reputation, as well as those of my respectable producers and supporters.
My film (The Magnitsky Act - Behind the Scenes) disparagingly called by NYT "an anti-Magnitsky film", was produced by Piraya Film, a Norwegian company, whose production credits include such titles as Oscarnominated The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence, multiple award winning Gulabi Gang, Yodok Stories etc.
The Magnitsky Act - Behind the Scenes was financed exclusively by Western-European mainstream institutions and broadcasters, such as Norwegian Film Institute, Fritt Ord ("Freedom of Expression") Foundation, NRK (Norwegian national TV network), Finnish Film Foundation, YLE (Finnish national TV network), ARTE (French-German TV network) etc. There was no Russian involvement whatsoever.
The film comes to the conclusion that the Magnitsky story as it is known in the West, the basis of a U.S. legislation, is a hoax.
William (Bill) Browder, who has spread the story in the media, lobbied it in the North American and European political establishments, and seems to be a source for the Magnitsky element in the article, is not an uninterested party to the argument. As I show in the film he has a direct motive to spread the Magnitsky narrative I had come to refute. Browder was investigated for the fraud he blamed Russian officials for (in fact the police who investigated him).
I am writing this remaining a consistent critic of Mr Putin.
Browder succeded in stopping the premiere and TV release of my film in Europe (NYT seems to suggest in the article that the premiere did happen), but when he failed to have a small screening in Washington (Newseum) cancelled, Seymour Hersh who saw it there said "This is a new truth".
Without the film's findings being given a fair minimum of unbiased representation it is particularly wrong to publish inaccurate information about it in such an explosive context as Trump's possible Russian connections.
My producer and I would like to encourage you to familiarize yourself with the relevant documents and materials in our posession as well as with the film itself.
Quite specifically, however, the claim of Veselnitskaya's "deep involvement" in the making of my film is outright wrong and I ask for an appropriate correction to be issued as soon as possible.
Piraya Film AS