What Goes Around Comes Around!
Russian Police of the city of Ufa Returned The Blackmagic Cinema Camera hijacked by Sergey Pichugin aka Grom, a former cameraman of Real Russia to Sergey Baklykov, the Founder of the channel.
After return from the last trip to Moscow in April, 2014, Sergey Grom leaved Real Russia channel in order to start his own business of filming the video sessions of nude girls. He supposed it will bring him more benefits than Real Russia.
Everything would be cool if not the fact that Grom resisted to return the Real Russia equipment like Blackmagic Cinema Camera, lenses, on-camera light, three SSD discs and other things in total value of about $6,000. It was purchased as from the own source of Sergey Baklykov and assistant manager Maksim Chepkasov, as from many Real Russia viewers who donated the money to make this equipment work for Real Russia needs. NOT for personal needs of Grom and his nu-models. Not even for personal needs of Sergey Baklykov. The money was crowdfunded for more episodes of Real Russia in better quality.
Since April, 2014, I tried to convince him just to return the equipment for the sake of Real Russia and it's community of viewers. But it's never worked.
Somehow Pichugin decided that once the equipment was purchased and for a viewer's money it is belong to him too. But he resisted to return absolutely all equipment explaining it as a compensation for the fact that I will continue getting the revenue for an old episodes filmed together and he's not. More than that, he is frankly blackmailed me saying that he will get me on court and will demand to delete all episodes where Pichugin appears. It's actually most of the episodes.
Grom leaved me with absolutely nothing. In the moment when with all Real Russia equipment he filmed commercials for an airsoft clubs, steel producing companies and videosessions of the nude ladies, I spent my last money to buy at least an affordable Panasonic DMC-G6 camera and together with my wife Albina continued to film with it.
So I tried to convience him to get the equipment back for almost 6 month.
The culmination of this accident came to the 6th of November, 2014, when one of our common friends called me and said he's got a call from Grom and he offered him to buy Blackmagic Camera.
Right after this I also decided to check out if he posted it at Avito.ru - the largest second hand ads website in Russia... and that's it! There was an ad, posted at the 2nd of November, 2014, where he were selling BMCC for the price which is even higher than it was at first place. It's because the Russian rouble now weaken a lot against USD and Euro.
That's where I've got that no time to wait anymore. He could just sell it any minute. I addressed to the Police right in the next morning of 7th of November.
In that day the policeman pretending to be a potential buyer who call by ad from Avito.ru set the meet with him. They met in next few hours and Grom was escorted to the Police department.
When they came to the Police department, BMCC, Canon 17-55mm lense and one SSD was arrested.
And after all investigations, now at the 4th of December, I finally got this equipment back. The rest of the equipment will be returned a little later.
Special thanks to the Police of the city of Ufa for pretty quick and clear work!
What Goes Around Comes Around!
You Can't Just Take BMCC of Real Russia and Sell It!